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The Forest Act, 1927

( ACT NO. XVI Of 1927 )

Chapter I


Short title and extent
1. (1) This Act may be called the Forest Act, 1927.
1[(2) It extends to the whole of Bangladesh.]
(3) [Omitted by the Bangladesh Laws (Revision And Declaration) Act, 1973 (Act No. VIII of 1973), section 3 and 2nd Schedule.]
Interpretation clause
2. In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,-
(1) "cattle" includes elephants, camels, buffaloes, horses, mares, geldings, ponies, colts, fillies, mules, asses, pigs, rams, ewes, sheep, lambs, goats and kids;
(2) "Forest-officer" means any person whom the Government or any officer empowered by the Government in this behalf, may appoint to carry out all or any of the purposes of this Act or to do anything required by this Act or any rule made thereunder to be done by a Forest-officer;
(3) "forest-offence" means an offence punishable under this Act or under any rule made thereunder;
(4) "forest-produce" includes
(a) the following whether found in, or brought from, a forest or not, that is to say:
timber, charcoal, cuatchouc, catechu, wood-oil, resin, natural varnish, bark, lac, mahua flowers, mahua seeds, kuth and myrabolams, and
(b) the following when found in or brought from, a forest, that is to say:
(i) trees and leaves, flowers and fruits, and all other parts or produce not hereinbefore mentioned, of trees,
(ii) Plants not being trees (including grass, creepers, reeds and moss), and all parts or produce of such plants,
(iii) wild animals and skins, tusks, horns, bones, silk, cocoons, honey, and wax, and al other parts of produce of animals, and
(iv) peat, surface, soil, rock and minerals (including limestone, laterite, mineral oils and all products of mines or quarries);
2[(4A) "owner" includes a Court of Wards in respect of property under the superintendence or charge of such court;]
(5) "river" includes any stream, canal, creek or other channels, natural or artificial;
(6) "timber" includes trees when they have fallen or have been felled, and all wood whether cut up or fashioned or hollowed out for any purpose or not; and
(7) "tree" includes palms, bamboos, stumps, brushwood and canes.

  • 1
    Sub-section (2) was substituted, for sub-section (2) by section 3 and 2nd Schedule of the Bangladesh Laws (Revision And Declaration) Act, 1973 (Act No. VIII of 1973)
  • 2
    Clause (4A) was inserted by section 2 of the Indian Forest (Amendment) Act, 1933 (Act No. III of 1933)
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