The forests in Haryana are classified as Reserve Forests, Protected Forests, Unclassed Forests, Areas closed U/S 38 of Indian Forest Act , 1927 and Areas closed U/S 4 & 5 of Punjab Land Preservation Act, 1900. Blocks of Reserve Forest areas are mainly confined to the Shivalik ranges in Panchkula and Yamunanagar districts. Small blocks of Reserved Forests are found at a number of places in the districts of Yamunanagar, Kaithal, Ambala, Jind and Hisar. Majority of forests in the state belong to Subtropical dry deciduous category whereas subtropical thorny forests are found only in the Aravalli hills in the southern parts of the state. Pine forests are located at higher reaches in the Protected Forests of Morni Hills in Panchkula district, whereas Sal Forests dominate the Reserve Forests in the Shiwaliks of Yamunanagar district.
To promote sustainable development of forest resources in the State, Haryana Government framed its own Forest Policy in 2006. The policy has fixed the goal of achieving 20% Forest and Tree Cover in the state in a phased manner. This goal can be achieved by adopting Agroforestry practices. We are using genetically superior seedlings under Agro-forestry on farm lands to increase productivity. In fact Agroforestry should become a national mandate and a people's movement, as it is most economical, sustainable and stable alternative for ensuring ecological security of the country. Till the year 2012-2013, the Forest Department has been distributing about 2.5 crore seedlings to the farmers free of cost. Agroforestry plantations raised by the Forest Department are rated as one of the best in the country. It has been adopted by farmers as an Income Generation Activity and used as a model of rural development, worthy of emulation in rest of the country. The policy of not putting unnecessary restrictions on felling of trees from private land and their subsequent transit has enabled an environment which has led a large number of farmers to grow trees. The endeavour has been to create an environment that Agroforestry and Wood-Based Industries flourish and grow simultaneously.