The Gadoli and Manda Khal Fee Simple Estates in the Pauri Garhwal District of the Western Himalayan State of Uttarakhand sport wonderful forests of Chir Pine, Deodar, Ash and Rhododendron. Brought under their First Working Plan in the year 1954 these forests saw their Second Working Plan formulated in 1974.
A haven for wild flora and fauna these forests provided valuable timber and charcoal to the local populace and even generated valuable income for the Forest Department in the past.
These forests today play an ever increasing role in the ecology of the area and besides being home to various species of endangered plants are also the origin of various freshwater perennial springs which provide water to the surrounding villages.
These forests are by in no chance small and are about 765 acres in area and some often sighted wildlife here include the leopard, the endagered chir pheasant, barking deer, himalayan barbets and himalayan whistling thrushes to name a few. We feature on this site various violations of existing forest and environmental laws and actions being taken to save these valuable forests from being destroyed forever....!!!!