Chapter-10 Provisions Relating to Forest in Private and Public Lands

Chapter-10 Provisions Relating to Forest in Private and Public Lands

  1. Registration of private forest: (1) Any person or body that wishes to register a private forest shall make an application, along with the recommendation of the Division Forest Office or Sub-Division Forest Office to the concerned Local Level for the registration of such private forest.

(2)        If any application is made pursuant to sub-section (1), the concerned Local Level shall make necessary inquiry into the matter and register the private forest and issue a certificate thereof.

(3)        The Local Level shall give information of the registration of private forest pursuant to sub-section (2) to the concerned Division Forest Office.

(4)        No national forest referred to in this Act shall be nationalized.

  1. Management of private forest: (1) The owner of a private forest may develop, protect and manage the private forest and utilize the forest products or sell and distribute such products by fixing their price.

(2)        The Division Forest Office or Sub-Division Forest Office may, at the request of the owner of a private forest, provide necessary technical and other assistance to such owner for the work referred to in sub-section (1).

(3)        If it is required to collect and transport the forest products in the private forest or private cultivation for a commercial purpose, approval of the concerned Local Level shall be obtained.

(4)        Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (3), if it is required to collect and transport the forest products from one Local Level to another Local Level for a commercial purpose, approval of the concerned Division Forest Office shall be obtained.

(5)        If it is required to collect and transport the forest products from one Local Level to another Local Level within any district for the house-hold purpose, approval of the Local Level from which such collection and transportation is made shall be obtained, and it is required to collect and transport the forest products from one District to another District for such purpose, approval of the Division Forest Office of the District from which such collection and transportation is made shall be obtained.

(6)        The Government of Nepal may provide such facilities as prescribed to the owner of a private forest.

(7)        Any person, body, group or community may, subject to the prescribed standards, also carry out agro-forestry, herbs farming and wildlife farming.

  1. Provisions relating to forest development in public land: (1) The Local Level may, subject to this Act, develop, protect and manage the forest in a public land and utilize, sell and distribute the forest products.

(2)        The Division Forest Office or Sub-Division Forest Office shall provide necessary technical and other assistance to the Local Level for the work referred to in sub-section (1).

(3)        The trees planted in the road, canal and path side and trees providing shelter on the road and trees planted in the source of a ditch, religious site or similar other sensitive place may be cut or removed upon fulfilling the procedures as prescribed.

  1. Development and Management of urban forest: (1) The Local Level may, on its own or in partnership with any body, organization or the private sector, develop and manage forest in places such as public roads and parks in the urban area and settlement within its area.

(2)        The Division Forest Office or Sub-Division Forest Office shall provide necessary technical assistance for the development of the urban forest to be established pursuant to sub-section (1).

(3)        The concerned Local Level may use, as prescribed, the forest products of the urban forest to be established pursuant to sub-section (1).