The main thrust for forestry development and natural resources conservation is to provide the policy framework for the sustainable utilization and management of forest resources in the State as well as ensuring that available natural resources are utilized sustainable. Equally important is the evolution of programmes and strategies for the rational use, management and conservation of the State natural resources.


To ensure that 25% of the total land area of Kaduna State is brought under sustainably managed forest cover aimed at producing forest resources (flora and fauna) in perpetuity and foster environmental stability.


To employ sound forest management principles and practices and initiate or develop appropriate forestry development programmes, policy and legislation in partnership with relevant stakeholders (state, national and international) using its abundant human and material resources.


The Department on transfer to the Ministry of Environment was restructured with the following mandates:
  • Advising the State Government on forestry development as well as liaising with other Forestry Services;
  • Ensuring the application of sound and efficient forest management systems for the sustainable production of forestry goods and services;
  • Coordination of activities/issues pertaining to conservation, protection, utilization and renewal of the forest resources
  • Coordinating collaborations with national international organizations on forestry matters;
  • Disseminating technical and professional information as well as organizing national and international assistance;
  • Promoting and enhancing the development of forestry management capacities in Kaduna State;
  • Providing extension and advisory services to the States for the improvement and promotion of forestry;
  • Coordination of conservation and sustainable utilization of biological resources;
  • Assisting to monitor, evaluate and appraise forestry and conservation projects throughout the country and the Management of Forestry/Conservation Information and Data Bases;
  • Manpower development and Training/ Capacity Building;
  • Promoting Research and Development;
  • Natural Resources Assessment and Auditing;
  • Enforcement of Forestry, Conservation and Wildlife legislations;
  • Linkages with relevant sectors of the economy on cross cutting issues;
  • International Cooperation on Agreements, Conventions and Treaties that Kaduna State is party to, and
  • Other emerging Forestry and Conservation issues (e.g. Climate Change, Bio-energy, etc)