Social forestry means the management & protection of forests and afforestation on barren lands to help the environmental, social and rural development of our country.The term was coined in India in 1976 by The National Commission on Agriculture. Five objectives of social forestry in India are:
- Maintaining ecological balance
- Meeting basic rural needs like wood fuel, timber, fodder and recreation.
- Preventing soil erosion
- Reduce pollution
- Create more employment opportunities