Forest Conservation Ordinance

Arrangement of Sections

CHAPTER I

Preliminary

1. Short title.

2. Questions of title.

CHAPTER II

OF RESERVED AND CONSERVATION FORESTS

3. Order declaring forest reserved.

3A. Declaration of Conservation forests.

3B. Publication to be given to Order made section 3A.

3C. Variation of limits of conservation forest.

3D. Certificate by Conservator-General of Forests to be prima facie proof of facts Sated there in.

4. Publication of Order in Sinhala and Tamil.

5. Power of forest officer to stop ways and watercourse in a Conservation Forest or Reserved Forest.

6. Acts prohibited in a Conservation Forest.

7. Acts prohibited in a Reserved Forest.

7A. Repealed.

8. Acts excepted from prohibition contained in sections 6 and 7.

9. Repealed.

10. Forests reserved under former law.

Forests Leased by the Government

11. Application of Ordinance to leased forests.

CHAPTER III

Of Village Forests

12. Constitution of village forests.

13. Trees in Schedule I in a village forest the property of the State.

14. Acts prohibited in village forest.

15. Power of Minister to make regulations for village forests.

16. Saving of private rights.

17. Penalty for breach of sections 14 and 15.

CHAPTER IV

Of The Protection of Forest and Forest Produce

18. Reserved trees.

19. Protection of reserved trees.

20. Acts prohibited in any Forest other than a Conservation Forest, Reserved Forest or Village Forest.

21. Repealed.

22. Exemptions.

23. Repealed.

CHAPTER IV A

Procedure of Obtaining a Certificate of Registration and a Permit

23A. Prohibition on carrying on the business of a timber depot without Certificate of Registration and a permit.

23B. Issue of permit.

23C. Suspension or cancellation of Certificate registration and permit.

23D. Penalty.

CHAPTER V

Of The Control of Timber and Forest Produce in Transit

24. Power of Minister to make regulations.

24A. Application of the Customs.

25. Penalties.

26. Power of District Secretary, Divisional Secretary or Forest Officer not below the rank of a Range Forest Officer to order a definition of boundaries in certain cases.

27. Power of forest officer to examine timber and forest produce in transit.

28. Inspection of private timber and forest produce depots and timber and forest produce yards.

29. All persons bound to aid in case of accident at any place where timber and forest produce is detained or kept by any forest officer.

CHAPTER VI

Of The Collection of Drift, Stranded and Other Timber and forest produce

30. Certain kinds of timber and forest produce to be deemed property of the State until title thereto proved.

31. Publication of notice as to and claims to timber and forest produce collected under section 30.

32. Procedure on claim preferred to such timber and forest produce.

33. On rejection of claim to such timber and forest produce claimant may institute suit.

34. Disposal of unclaimed timber and forest produce.

35. Payments to be made by claimant before timber and forest produce is delivered to him.

36. Power of Minister to make regulations and prescribe penalties.

CHAPTER VII

Penalties and Procedure

37. Power to seize timber or forest produce or vehicles.

38. Procedure on seizure.

38A. Release of certain property seized under section 37.

39. Repealed.

40. Forfeiture of timber and forest produce.

40A. Section 306 of the Code of Criminal Procedure Act, No. 15 of 1979, not to apply to, person who pleads guilty to, or is found guilty of, a forest offence.

40B. The provisions of section 433A of the Code of Criminal Procedure Act, No. 15 of 1979, not to apply to persons who plead guilty to or are found guilty of a forest offence.

41. Disposal on conclusion of trial for any forest offence of timber and forest produce or forest produce which was the subject-matter of the trial.

42. Disposal of perishable property.

43. Appeal from orders.

44. Repealed.

45. Powers of Minister to order release of seizure.

46. Penalty for wrongful seizure.

47. Penalty for counterfeiting or defacing marks on trees and timber and forest produce and for altering boundary marks.

48. Power of forest officer to arrest without warrant.

48A. Penalty for being in possession or use of forged documents for counterfeit or unauthorised marking hammers and presumption as to commission of offences.

49. Power of forest officer to prevent commission of offence.

49A. Penalty for Obstructing or assaulting forest officers.

50. Operation of other laws not barred.

51. Compounding of offences.

52. Presumption that timber belongs to the State.

53. Offences to be triable summarily.

53A. Ejectment from State Land.

CHAPTER VIII

Cattle Trespass

54. Power of forest officer to seize trespassing cattle.

55. Power of Minister to levy fines.

56. Procedure if fine not paid.

57. Power to shoot cattle on forest plantation.

CHAPTER IX

Of Forest Officers

58. Appointment of Conservator-General of Forests.

59. Power of Minister to invest forest officer with certain powers.

59A. Conservator of Forest to delegate his powers.

59B. General directions by the Conservator-General of Forests.

60. Forest officers deemed to be public servants peace officers.

61. Indemnity for acts done in good faith.

62. Forest officers not to trade.

63. Control of forest may be delegated to Conservator.

CHAPTER X

Miscellaneous

64. Regulations.

64A. Court to direct payment of share of fine to the Fund.

64B. Purposes for which the moneys of the Fund may be applied.

65. Rules.

66. Powers of Minister exercisable from time to time.

67. Persons bound to assist forest officer and police officer.

67A. Reward for informers.

68. Recovery of money due to the State.

69. Lien on forest produce for such money.

70. The State not liable for loss or damage in respect of certain timber and forest produce.

71. Disposal of property seized.

72. Property of State debtors under section 68 may be sold.

73. Overplus to be restored to owner.

74. Certificate of sale of immovable property.

75. Certificate of sale in case of purchase by State.

76. State may take credit for amount due from defaulter.

77. Repealed.

78. Interpretation.

SCHEDULES

16 of 1907,

11 of 1912,

24 of 1918,

23 of 1931,

16 of 1935,

30 of 1945,

8 of 1947,

34 of 1951,

49 of 1954,

13 of 1966,

56 of 1979,

13 of 1982,

84 of 1988,

23 of 1995,

65 of 2009.

AN ORDINANCE to consolidate and amend the law relating to the conservation, protection and sustainable management of the forest resources and utilisation of forest produce; to provide for the regulation of the transport of timber and forest produce and other activities related to such transport; and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Subs by s 2 of Act 65 of 2009.]

[Date of Commencement: 2nd January, 1908]

CHAPTER I

Preliminary

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Forest Conservation Ordinance.

[S 1 am by s 3 of Act 65 of 2009.]

2. Questions of title.

If in any prosecution or proceeding under this Ordinance any question shall arise as to the title to the land in respect of which any such prosecution or proceeding shall be taken, the court or officer having jurisdiction to entertain and adjudicate upon any such prosecution or proceeding shall, for the purposes of the said prosecution or proceeding, have jurisdiction to try and determine any such question of title:

Provided that the judgment or decision of such court or officer on any such question shall not be received as evidence of title or pleaded in bar in any civil suit or proceeding or in any proceeding under the Land Settlement Ordinance, in which the title to the land in question may be put in issue.

[S 2 am by s 3 of Act 23 of 1995.]

CHAPTER II

OF RESERVED AND CONSERVATION FORESTS

[Am by s 4 of Act 65 of 2009.]

3. Order declaring forest reserved.

(1) When the following events have occurred, namely—

(a) when lands have been resumed by the State under the provisions of the Lands Resumption Ordinance;

(b) when lands have been declared to be the property of the State by an order passed under "The Waste Lands Ordinances1, 1897 to 1903” or made under the Land Settlement Ordinance;

(c) when any land has been acquired by the State for public purposes under the provisions of the Land Acquisition Ordinance, or the Land Acquisition Act,

the Minister may, by Order to be published in the Gazette, declare all or any of such lands or any part or parts thereof to be a reserved forest, and such Order shall specify the limits of the forest which it is intended to reserve, and declare the same to be reserved from a date fixed by such Order. From the date so fixed such forest shall be deemed to be a reserved forest.

Section 16 of the Interpretation Ordinance2 shall not apply to the interpretation of this section.

[S 3 re-numbered as s 3(1) by s 5(1) of Act 65 of 2009.]

(2) Where an Order has been made under subsection (1), the Conservator-General of Forests shall prepare a Management Plan for Reserved Forests, in such manner as may be prescribed, for the purposes of conservation of biodiversity, soil and water and for the preservation of its unique ecosystem, genetic resources and as a habitat of rare and endemic species of fauna and flora.

[S 3(2) ins by s 5(2); am by s 3 of Act 65 of 2009.]

(3) The Conservator-General of Forests or any other officer authorised in writing in that behalf shall implement the Management Plan for the Reserved Forests, in the manner as may be prescribed for the purposes specified in subsection (2).

[S 3(3) ins by s 5(2) of Act 65 of 2009.]

(4) The Minister shall make regulations applicable either to the whole or any specified area of the Reserved Forests in respect of—

(a) the administration and management of the Reserved Forests;

(b) the matters required to be included in the Management Plan and the manner and procedure to be followed in
the preparation and implementation of such Management Plan;

(c) the preparation of Management Agreements for the purpose of obtaining community and non-state sector participation in the sustainable management of Reserved Forests;

(d) the levying of fees or charges in respect of activities implemented under this subsection, which shall in all cases be equivalent to the value of the benefit obtained from the forest, whether monetary or otherwise. Any such benefit not validly declared shall amount to an offence under this Ordinance and shall be charged and recovered, in such manner as may be specified, as a fine imposed by Court;

(e) entering into such agreements, cancellation of the same, imposing conditions, levying of fees, formulating strategies for the settlement of disputes in connection with the management of such forest;

(f) the development of a benefit sharing mechanism among the management partners or stakeholders;

(g) the procedure to be followed in authorising the use of non-timber forest produce and dead or fallen sticks for fuel in a Reserved Forest, by the local community;

(h) the conditions applicable to any activity carried out within the Reserved Forest; and

[S 3(4) ins by s 5(2) of Act 65 of 2009.]

3A. Declaration of Conservation forests.

(1) The Minister may be Order publish in the Gazette declare that any specified area of state land or the whole or any specified part of any reserved forest which has unique ecosystems, genetic resource or is the habitat of rare and endemic species of flora, fauna and micro-organism and of threatened species, or which needs to be preserved in order to achieve an ecological balance in the area by preventing salinisation or drying up of rivers, ensuring adequate rainfall, preventing landslides and fires hazardous to human life, shall from such date as may be specified in the Order be a conservation forest.

[S 3A(1) ins by s 4 of Act 23 of 1995.]

(2) From and after the date specified in the Order made under subsection (1), such state land or whole or part of such reserved forest shall become a conservation forest and shall be under the control of the Conservator-General of Forests subject to such conditions and restrictions as may be prescribed.

[S 3A(2) ins by s 4 of Act 23 of 1995.]

(3) Where an Order has been made under subsection (1), the Conservator-General of Forests shall for the purpose of preserving the values described in subsection (1) prepare a Management Plan for Conservation Forests, in the manner prescribed.

[S 3A(3) ins by s 6 of Act 65 of 2009.]

(4) The Conservator-General of Forests or any other officer authorised by him in writing in that behalf shall implement the Management Plan for the Conservation Forests in respect of which such Management Plan was prepared, in the manner as prescribed for the purposes specified in subsection (1).

[S 3A(4) ins by s 6 of Act 65 of 2009.]

(5) The Minister shall make regulations in respect of the matters required to be included in the Management Plan and the manner and procedure to be followed in the preparation, implementation and administration of such Management Plan.

[S 3A(5) ins by s 6 of Act 65 of 2009.]

(6) Where any immovable property, not being a State land, which is possessed of any of the features referred to in subsection (1), is required for the existence and preservation of a Conservation Forest that has been declared under subsection (1), such land may be acquired under the provisions of the Land Acquisition Act on the recommendation of the Minister.

[S 3A(6) ins by s 6 of Act 65 of 2009.]

3B. Publication to be given to Order made under section 3A.

The Divisional Secretary or Secretaries as the case may be of the Divisional Secretary's division or divisions, in which the conservation forest is situated shall, prior to the date specified in the Order declaring the conservation forest, take all steps as may be necessary to give sufficient publicity to such Order within the respective Divisional Secretary divisions in which any portion of the conservation forest is situated and in every town or village in the immediate neighbourhood of such conservation forest, by—

(a) specifying as far as possible the situation and the boundaries of the proposed conservation forest; and

(b) explaining the consequences which will ensue on the declaration of the proposed conservation forest.

[S 3B ins by s 4 of Act 23 of 1995.]

3C. Variation of limits of conservation forest.

(1) The Minister may by Order published in the Gazette, declare that the limits of any conservation forest shall be altered or varied.

(2) An Order made by the Minister under subsection (1) shall have no effect until it has been approved by the President and confirmed by Parliament and notification of such confirmation is published in the Gazette.

[S 3C ins by s 4 Act 23 of 1995.]

3D. Certificate by Conservator-General of Forests to be prima facie proof of facts Sated there in.

Where in any prosecution instituted under this Act, a question arise as to whether any land is within a Conservation Forest or Reserved Forest, a certificate issued under the hand of the Conservator-General of Forests to the effect that the land described in the certificate is within a Conservation Forest or Reserved Forest, shall l be admissible in evidence and shall be prime facie proof of the facts stated therein.

[S 3D ins by s 4 of Act 23 of 1995; am by s 7 of Act 65
of 2009.]

4. Publication of Order in Sinhala and Tamil.

(1) The Government Agent of the administrative district in which the forest so reserved is situate shall, before the date fixed by such Order, cause a translation thereof in the language of the district to be published in the manner following, that is to say:

By a notification in the Sinhala and Tamil languages, which shall be published in every divisional Assistant Government Agent's division of the district in which any portion of the land comprised in the aforesaid Order is situate, and in every town and village in the immediate neighbourhood of such land. Every such notification shall—

(a) specify as nearly as possible the situation and limits of the proposed forest;

(b) explain the consequences which will ensue on the reservation of such forest.

Power of Minister to declare forest no longer reserved.

(2) The Minister may, by Order published in the Gazette, direct that from a date fixed by such Order any reserved forest or any portion thereof shall cease to be reserved. From the date so fixed such forest or portion of forest shall cease to be reserved.

5. Power of forest officer to stop ways and watercourse in a Conservation Forest or Reserved Forest.

A forest officer duly empowered in that behalf may, from time to time, stop any public or private way or watercourse in a Conservation Forest or Reserved Forest:

Provided that for the way or watercourse so stopped another way or watercourse, which in the opinion of the Divisional Secretary is equally convenient, already exists, or has been provided or constructed by such forest officer:

Provided further, that it shall be lawful for the Divisional Secretary to determine the amount of compensation to be paid, in case he is of opinion that the substituted way of watercourse injuriously affects the interests of one or more individuals to whom on that account compensation should be paid.

[S 5 am by s 8 of Act 65 of 2009.]

6. Acts prohibited in a Conservation Forest.

(1) No person shall be permitted to enter a Conservation Forest other than under the authority of a permit issued by the Conservator.

General of Forests or a person authorised by him in that behalf for the purpose of—

(a) engaging in scientific research within a Conservation Forest;

(b) observing the fauna and flora in a Conservation Forest; or

(c) implementation of the activities prescribed in the Management Plan.

(2) Subject to the provisions of subsection (1) a person who, in a Conservation Forest—

(a) trespasses or causes trespass or remains therein;

(b) fells, cuts, saws or causes the felling, cutting or sawing of or alters, converts, collects, removes or transports or marks, lops or girdle, any plant, tree or timber or collects, removes or transports or has in his possession, custody or control of any forest produce or erects a scaffolding or constructs a saw pit;

(c) removes the bark or leaves from any tree or strips of the bark from any tree or cuts its branches or taps or burns any tree or otherwise damages it;

(d) permits cattle to trespass, cuts grass or any other plant or feeds cattle with such grass or plants;

(e) blocks any waterways within such forest or obtains water from such waterway by means of a pipe line or any other devices or pollutes or poisons water or pollutes the forest environment by dumping and disposing any garbage in the forest;

(f) transports, removes, uproots or destroys any plant or any part of it or causes any loss or damage to any plant or part of it;

(g) sells, exposes, exhibits or offers for sale any plant found within such forest;

(h) kills or attempts to kill any bird, animal, reptile, amphibian or sets traps or snares or guns, constructs and uses ambushes or molests, disturbs or shoots or attempts to molest, disturb or shoot or attempts to remove any such bird, animal, reptile or amphibian;

(i) sells, offers for sale or exposes for sale any bird, animal, reptile or any part of any such bird, animal or reptile;

(j) takes or destroys an egg of any bird or animal or reptile or removes or destroys any dwelling or nest of any bird, animal or reptile;

(k) fires any gun or does any other act which disturbs or is likely to disturb any animal or does any act which interferes or is likely to interfere with the breeding place of any such animal;

(l) possesses or uses any trap or weapon or tool or explosives or poisonous substance which is capable of being used to injure or destroy any animal or plant;

(m) erects any permanent or temporary building or occupies any building so erected;

(n) makes any fresh clearing or quarries stone or extracts coral or mollusc shells or digs or mines for plumbago, gems or minerals, burns lime or charcoal or blasts rocks, or
collects or removes or transports sand, soil or stones;

(o) kindles or keeps or carries any fire or causes the kindling of any fire or allows any fire to keep burning or to spread;

(p) clears or breaks up soil or digs any land for cultivation or for any other purpose or cultivates any such cleared land or erects a hut or does any other activity on it;

(q) constructs any road or alters or damages any road so constructed or uses a road so constructed;

(r) damages, alters, removes or disfigures any wall, ditch, embankment, fence, hurdle, gutter, hedge, name board or sign board or any other boundary mark;

shall be guilty of an offence and be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years or to a fine not less than rupees twenty thousand and not exceeding rupees two hundred thousand or to both such imprisonment and fine. In addition to the above, the court may award compensation for any damage caused to the Conservation Forest. Such compensation shall not be less than the value of the damage caused to the Conservation Forest, and shall be charged and recovered as a fine levied by Court.

(3) Any person who aids or abets in the commission of any offence specified in subsection (1), or causes any such offence to be committed shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to the same punishment as is specified for the commission of that offence.

(4) The Conservator-General of Forests may issue permits to engage in scientific research to any person—

(a) who has made an application in the prescribed form; and

(b) made payment of the prescribed fee, for observation of fauna and flora within such areas subject to such terms and conditions as may be prescribed.

[S 6 subs by s 9 of Act 65 of 2009.]

7. Acts prohibited in a Reserved Forest.

(1) Any person who in a Reserved Forest—

(a) trespasses or causes trespass or remains therein;

(b) permits cattle to trespass or cuts grass or any other plant or feed cattle with grass or plants;

(c) fells a tree or cuts or drags timber, causes damage by negligence or intentionally strips off bark or leaves from any tree or girdles, lops, taps or burns a tree or does any act to damage or destroy any tree;

(d) blocks any waterways within such forest or obtains water from such waterway by means of a pipe line or any other devices or pollutes or poisons water or pollutes the forest environment by dumping and disposing any garbage in the forest;

(e) transports, removes, uproots or destroys any plant or any part of it or damages any plant or any part of any plant or sells or exposes for sale or exhibits or offers for sale any plant found within such forest;

(f) kills or attempts to kill, removes, transports, shoots, or attempts to shoot, catches, snares or sets traps to catch, molests or disturbs any bird, animal or reptile or sells or exposes for sale or offers for sale any part of any such bird, animal or reptile or takes or destroys eggs of any such bird, animal or reptile or destroys or removes the dwelling of any such bird, animal or reptile;

(g) quarries stone, burns lime or charcoal, collects any forest produce or subjects them to any process of manufacture, extracts coral or mollusc shells digs or mines for plumbago, gems or other form of minerals, collects or removes or transports sand, soil or stones and uses or possesses explosives for such purpose;

(h) kindles or keeps any fire or leaves any fire burning or causes any fire or allows any fire to spread or carries any fire;

(i) fells, cuts, saws, converts, alters, collects, removes or transports any tree or timber or collects, removes, transports or has in his possession, custody or control of any forest produce;

(j) erects a scaffolding or constructs a saw pit;

(k) clears or breaks up soil or digs any land for cultivation or prepares any land for building purposes or cultivates any land already cleared or erects a hut or any building whether permanent or temporary or occupies any building so erected;

(l) constructs any road, alters or damages any road already constructed, uses any road so constructed, damages, alters, disfigures or removes any wall, ditch, embankment, fence, hurdle, gutter, hedge, name board, sign board or any other boundary mark,

shall be guilty of an offence and be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to a fine not less than rupees ten thousand and not exceeding rupees one hundred thousand or to both such imprisonment and fine. In addition to the above, the Court may award compensation for any damage caused to the Reserved Forest. Such compensation shall be equivalent to the actual value of the damage caused to the Reserved Forest and shall be charged and recovered as a fine levied by Court.

(2) Any person who aids or abets in the commission of any offence specified in subsection (1), or causes any such offence to be committed shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to the same punishment as is specified for the commission of that offence.

[S 7 subs by s 10 of Act 65 of 2009.]

7A. .

[S 7A rep by s 11 of Act 65 of 2009.]

8. Acts excepted from prohibition contained in sections 6 and 7.

(1) Nothing in section 6 or section 7 shall be deemed to prohibit any act done in accordance with any regulation made by the Minister or with the permission in writing of a forest officer empowered to grant such permission.

(2) The Minister may from time to time make and when made may revoke, vary, or amend regulations with regard to reserved forests or with regard to any particular reserved forest for any of the purposes mentioned in section 20(1).

(3) The forest officer granting any permission required by the preceding provisions of this section or by any regulation made thereunder, may charge and recover a fee in respect of such permission according to such rates as may from time to time be prescribed by the Conservator-General of Forests with the sanction of the Minister.

9. .

[S 9 rep by s 11 of Act 65 of 2009.]

10. Forests reserved under former law.

(1) Any forest which has been declared a reserved forest under any law in force previous to the commencement of this Ordinance shall be deemed to have been reserved hereunder; and all questions decided, orders issued, and records prepared in connection with the reservation of such forest shall be deemed to have been decided, issued, and prepared hereunder, and all provisions of this Ordinance relating to reserved forests shall apply to such forest.

[S 10 re-numbered as s 10(1) by s 12(1) of Act 65 of 2009.]

(2) The Conservator-General of Forests may, duly
authorise any person to enter or remain within a Conservation Forest, Reserved Forest, Village Forest or any other forest for the purpose of discharging any official duty arising out of or in connection with the implementation of the Management Plan.

[S 10(2) ins by s 12(2) of Act 65 of 2009.]

Forests Leased by the Government

11. Application of Ordinance to leased forests.

It shall be lawful for the Minister, by Order published in the Gazette, at any time or from time to time to declare any of the provisions of this Ordinance, and of any regulations or rules made hereunder, to be applicable to forests leased to the State, and to bring such forests within the operation of such provisions, regulations, or rules, and any such Order to revoke, alter, or amend.

CHAPTER III

Of Village Forests

12. Constitution of village forests.

The Minister may, by Order published in the Gazette, constitute any portion of forest a village forest for the benefit of any village community or group of village communities, and may in like manner vary or cancel any such Order. Every such Order shall specify the limits of such village forest.

13. Trees in Schedule I in a village forest the property of the State.

All trees enumerated in Schedule I in a village forest shall be deemed to be the property of the State.

14. Acts prohibited in village forest.

(1) No person shall in a village forest—

(a) poison water, or injure by fire or otherwise any tree enumerated in Schedule I, or

(b) in contravention of any regulation made by the Minister under subsection (2), pasture cattle, or cut, mark, lop, girdle, saw, convert, or remove any tree enumerated in Schedule I.

(2) The Minister may by regulation prescribe the officers who shall be authorised to grant permission to any person in a village forest to do any act mentioned in paragraph (b) of subsection (1), and the circumstances in which and the conditions subject to which such permission may be granted by such officers or any such act may be done.

15. Power of Minister to make regulations for village forests.

The Minister may make regulations for the management of village forests, prescribing the conditions under which the community or group of communities for the benefit of which any such forest is constituted may be provided with timber or other forest produce or with pasture, and their duties in respect of the protection and improvement of such forest. The Minister may, by such regulations, declare any of the provisions of Chapter II of this Ordinance to be applicable to village forests.

16. Saving of private rights.

Nothing in this Chapter shall be deemed to affect any existing rights of any person in or over any village forest.

17. Penalty for breach of sections 14 and 15.

Every person who shall act in contravention of the provisions of section 14 or of any regulation made thereunder, and every person who commits a breach of any of the regulations made under section 15, shall be guilty of an offence punishable by a fine not less than one thousand rupees and not exceeding five thousand rupees or to imprisonment for a term not less than one month and not exceeding one year or to both such fine and imprisonment.

[S 17 am by s 8 of Act 23 of 1995.]

CHAPTER IV

Of The Protection of Forest and Forest Produce

18. Reserved trees.

(1) All trees of the Several Species specified in Schedule II standing in any forest shall be deemed to be reserved trees.

(2) The Minister may by notification in the Gazette add any species to or delete any species from the said Schedule.

19. Protection of reserved trees.

No person shall, or shall cause any other person to, cut, mark, lop, girdle, tap, or injure, by fire or otherwise, any reserved tree in any forest, except as provided by rules made by the Minister in this behalf, or unless with the permission in writing of a forest officer empowered by the Minister to grant such permission.

20. Acts prohibited in any Forest other than a Conservation Forest, Reserved Forest or Village Forest.

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