Northern dry deciduous forests
The Northern dry deciduous forests is a tropical dry broadleaf forest ecoregion of east-central India. It covers an area of 58,300 square kilometers (22,500 sq mi), extending across portions of Andhra Pradesh, Chhatisgarh, Orissa, and Jharkhand states. The region extends north and south in the dry western rain shadow of the Eastern Ghats range, which block the moisture-laden monsoon winds from the Bay of Bengal to the east. It is surrounded by the more humid Eastern Highlands moist deciduous forests ecoregion.
By the mid-1990s, more than three-quarters of the ecoregion's natural habitat had been cleared or degraded. Four protected areas encompass about 2.5 percent of the ecoregion's area.
- Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Odisha (340 km²)
- Gomarda Wildlife Sanctuary, Raigarh district, Chhattisgarh (290 km²)
- Kanger Ghati National Park, Chhattisgarh (230 km²)
- Sunabeda Tiger Reserve, Nuapada district, Odisha (591 km²)
- "Northern dry-deciduous forests". Terrestrial Ecoregions. World Wildlife Fund.
- Wikramanayake, Eric; Eric Dinerstein; Colby J. Loucks; et al. (2002). Terrestrial Ecoregions of the Indo-Pacific: a Conservation Assessment. Island Press; Washington, DC. pp. 321-322
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