'Mining, biotic pressure led to loss of tree cover in Rajasthan'
Source: The Times of India, Date: August , 2014
has been a slow but steady deforestation in the state converting areas
categorised as moderately dense forest (MDF) into open forest (OF). Moderately
dense forest is defined as areas where the tree density is 40% or more but less
than 70%, while open forest are those land with a tree density of 10% or but less
than 40%. According to the recently released India State of Forest Report
(ISFR) 2013, while there has not been any cumulative significant loss in forest
area in the state as compared with figures of 2011 but about 24 sq km of MDF
has got converted into 23 sq km OF with a loss of 1 sq km of forested land. The
report was released last month.