The state has the following uniqueness towards conservation of biological diversity:
Corbett National Park, established in 1936 is the first National Park of the Asian Mainland
Undivided U.P. was the first state in the country to establish a separate Wildlife Preservation Organization as part of the Forest Department in 1956.
Project Tiger was launched in Corbett National Park on 1st April 1973.
Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, established in 1988 is India’s second Biosphere Reserve.
Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks are designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
THE COUNTRY’S FIRST Conservation Reserves , Asan Wetland and Jhilmil Tal were dedicated to the Nation by H.E., the President of India on 14th august,2005.
Shiwalik Elephant Reserve which includes eleven forest divisions, two national parks (Rajaji, Corbett) and the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and covering an area of about 5180 sq.km declared in 2002.
An Anti poaching unit has been established for the prevention and control of wildlife offences.
The state Wildlife Advisory Board has been et up under the Chairmanship of the Hon. Chief Minister.
Uttarakhand, with the second highest tiger population in the country after Karnataka, now has a second tiger reserve after the Corbett Tiger Reserve. The Rajaji Tiger Reserve (RTR) has been notified by the Government of India as the 48th tiger reserve in country. The area declared as the tiger reserve (1075.17 sq km) includes the 255.63 sq km of the Rajaji National Park’s buffer zone.
Source : Uttarakhand Biodiversity Board (An autonomous statutory Body constituted under Biological Diversity Act 2002), Last Updated on 28-04-2017