FORESTS IN JAMMU KASHMIR
Majority of the forests of the state are found in Kashmir division. Kashmir division is rich in both alpine forests as well as the forests in the plains. The land abounding in water bodies is very fertile and hence huge trees are found everywhere. These forests are wealthy as elsewhere in the world and constitute a major portion of the state economy. Forests in J&K cover about 20,440 sq. km of the total area of the state, excluding the parts under Pakistan. Of this 50.97% are in Kashmir division, 45.89% in Jammu division and 3.14% in Ladakh region. Kupwara district in Kashmir division has the largest percentage of forests. The different types of forests that are found here are Scrub vegetation, Dry Savanna, Sub-tropical, and Monsoon.
Forests are a source of employment as many industries in Kashmir are based on these forests. Huge trees grow in these forests and they provide habitat to a wide range of wild animals.
Many trees grow across the state lending beauty and revenue to this place. Kashmir is one of the largest exporters of apples to the world. A large variety of apple trees are found here in a large number. Other trees that are found here are walnut trees, Willow trees, Pine trees, Deodar trees, Cherry trees, Almomd trees and the king of trees, the Chinar.