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COMMUNITY RESERVE & CONSERVATION RESERVES

In Punjab there are two Community Reserves- the first ever-notified in India. The total area under these Reserves is 1606.80 ha and belongs to community/panchayat area. The important features of these Reserves are briefly described as below:-

LALWAN COMMUNITY RESERVE

This Community Reserve is situated in Tehsil Garshakar in Hoshiarpur District and is spread over 1266.80 ha (3167 acres, 6 kanals) Lalwan Panchayat area closed under Section 4 & 5 of Punjab Land Preservation Act 1900. This area was declared as Community Reserve vide Punjab Government Notification No. 46/78/2007/Ft.V/6084 dated 22/06/2007.

KESHOPUR CHHAMB COMMUNITY RESERVE

This Community Reserve is situated close to the District town of Gurdaspur and is spread over Panchayat Chhamb area consisting of 340.00 ha (i.e. 850 acres of which 400 acres belong to Miani, 136 acres to village Keshopur, 51 acres of village Matwa, 152 acres of village Dalla and 111 acres of village Magarmudian). This area was declared as Community Reserve vide Punjab Government Notification No. 34/13/2007/Ft.V/6133 dated 25/06/2007. The area is swampy and belongs to Keshopur wetland that is on the verge of extinction. Migratory birds from Central Asia and Siberia visit this area in winter months.

PANNIWALA-GUMJAL-HARIPURA-DIWANKHERA COMMUNITY RESERVE

This community Reserve is situated in Fazilka and is spread over 16861 acres of land.This area was declared as Commuity Reserve vide Notification No. 34/4/2015/Ft- 5/448962/1 dated 27.3.15 U/s 36-C of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 .Main wildlife species found in the sanctuary are Black buck and Blue bull.As per forest classification the sanctuary falls under the Arid to semi-arid type. The main tree species are A. tortilis, Albizia lebbeck, Azadirachata indica, Dalbergia sissoo, Melia azedarach, Prosopis cineraria and P. juliflora etc .

SISWAN COMMUNITY RESERVE

His community Reserve is situated in Sahibjada Ajit Singh Nagar and is spread over3199.45 Acres of land.This area was declared as Commuity Reserve vide Notification No 34/12/2017-Ft- 5/1052786/1 dated 29.8.2017 under section 36C of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

RAKH SARAI AMANAT KHAN CONSERVATION RESERVE

This Conservation Reserve is situated in Amritsar and is spread over 1223 Acres of land.This area was declared as Conservation Reserve vide Notification. 34/8/2010/Ft-5/ 3008 dated 31.3.2010 under section 36A of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. Important Fauna are : Jackal, Wild hare, Wild boar, Jungle Cat, Mongoose, Partridge, Peafowl, Dove, Pigeon, Parrots etc. and Important Flora are -Eucalyptus, Shisham, Kikar, Khair, Muscat, Subabool, Lasura, Arjun etc.

BIR BHADSON WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

This Sanctuary falls in district Patiala and is located on the left side of Nabha- Bhadson-Gobindgarh Road. This Sanctuary is spread over 1,022.63 ha of Government area. The bir area was declared as wildlife sanctuary under the Preservation of Faunae of Patiala Rules, 1896 vide Patiala and East Punjab State Union Government (PEPSU) notification No. F-150/50 dated 28-2-1952. It harbours many wildlife species such as Blue Bull, Jungle Cat, Jackal, Rhesus Monkey, Peafowl, Black and Grey Partridges, Hare, Spotted owlet etc. The forests in the sanctuary falls under the sub- group 5(B) Northern Tropical Dry Mixed Deciduous forest type.

ROAPAR WETLAND CONSERVATION RESERVE

This Conservation Reserve is situated in Ropar and is spread over 521.12 Acre of land. This area was declared as Conservation Reserve vide .Notification No . 34/13/2017-Ft- 5/1057481/1 dated 5.9.2017 under section 36A of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

RANJIT SAGAR DAM CONSERVATION RESERVE

This Conservation Reserve is situated in Gurdaspur and is spread over 4559.71 Acre of land. This area was declared as Conservation Reserve vide Notification No.34/11/2017-Ft- 5/1177745/1 dated 5.3.2018 under section 36A of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

BEAS RIVER CONSERVATION RESERVE

This Conservation Reserve is situated in River Beas and is spread over River Beas with all its water channels from 52 Head Talwara to Harike Barrage including all Government areas in river Beas. This area was declared as Conservation Reserve. Notification No. 34/13/2017-Ft- 5/1052756/1 dated 29.8.2017 under section 36A of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972