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The Private Forests of Koyna Valley

The verdant forests of Koyna Valley form a part of the Western Ghats (or colloquially in India, the Sahyadhris) – a mountain range that runs parallel to the Western coast of the Indian Peninsula. The Western Ghats are recognized as one of the International Hotspots Biodiversity, and is home to several rare and endangered species of plants and animals, some of which, like the Malabar Giant Squirrel, are endemic to this area.

Not all swatches of forests in this area are under the control of the Forest Depatment. In fact, many private land holdings in this area also have a forest cover. In the local lingo, the word “Malki” means Private Land. So, Malki Forests – forests on private land – are found extensively in the Western Ghats.