Karnataka State has a geographical area of 1,91,791 of which 38.724 (20 per cent) is under the control of the Forest Department.

The forests are classified as reserved (28,611, protected (3,932, unclassified (5,748, village (124 and private (309

The percentage of forest area to geographical in the State is less than the all-India average of about 23%, and 33% prescribed in the National Forest Policy.
Also see ‘Forests Around Bangalore