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Planting Materials

Forest Department maintains a network of forest nurseries throughout the country to produce planting materials required for Forest Department as well as for the requirement of the general public. One or more forest nurseries are available in each district and a variety of forestry seedlings can be purchased from these nurseries. Nurseries are kept open from 9.00 am o 3.00 pm on weekdays. Nurseries at Depanama and Ratmalana are also open on Saturdays. Details of available species and other information can be obtained from all Divisional Forest Offices and Range Forest Offices.

Plant Species Container size Price (Rs.)
Ebony and Sandle wood 4" x 9" 75.00
6" x 9" 90.00
12" x 18" 300.00
Khaya (African Mahogany) 4" x 9" 40.00
All other species 4" x 9" 25.00
6" x 9" 45.00
12" x 18" 225.00
Teak Stumps 15.00








List of Forest Nurseries PDF file

Registration of Timber Enterprises

Registration of privately owned timber enterprises is a legal requirement under the Forest Ordinance and the Forest Department issues annual permits for such enterprises.

Issue of Export Permits

It is a legal requirement under the Forest Ordinance to obtain a permit from the Forest Department in order to export any forest produce. These permits are issued from the Forest Department Head Office at “Sampathpaya”, Battaramulla during weekdays. For further information contact.

Senior Deputy Conservator of Forests (Protection and Law Enforcement)

Tel : +94 112 877222
e-mail : sdcfple[AT]

Application for export permits (PDF file)

Forest Department Library

The Forest Departmental library which is recognized as the principal forestry library in the country was established in 1940. It has historically interesting holdings (the department itself dated from 1887) as well as a good coverage of current serials and other publications relevant to forestry.

The Library serves the forestry sector with an up-to-date holding of around 10,000 books, 300 reports and 70 titles of journals and two of the internationally recognized forestry research information database CDs, namely the TREECD and the Forestry Compendium. And a considerable number of unpublished research reports usually referred to as ‘grey’ literature are also available in the library. A forestry library is different in one important aspect from most of the other special libraries as the historical factor in forestry work is usually of considerable practical importance and does not lose value with time. Therefore only a very small part of its holdings will ever be discarded as obsolete. Forest Library is a member library of the ENLINET (Environmental Library Network), and the AGRINET (Agricultural Information Network) which is a branch of the Sri Lanka Science and Technical Information Network (SLISTINET) and contributes data to the National Union Catalogue. The library which is mostly used as a reference library provides referral services to anyone who wish to gather knowledge on forestry . Its users can be categorized as follows.

  • Forest Department Staff
  • Staff of Other Government and Non Government Establishments
  • College, Under graduate and Post graduate Students
  • Foreign Visitors
  • Forest Based Industries
  • Other Researchers
  • Prospective Planters
  • Media Personnel
  • School Children
  • General Public

Some of the International and Local Serials available on Forestry and Allied Subjects.

International Local
Ambio Arana (Sinhala)
Annals of Forestry Adahasa (Sinhala)
Asian Biodiversity Annals of the Department of Agriculture
Flora of Malesiana Bulletin Bulletin of the Sri Lanka Rubber Research Institute
Forest Genetic Resources Ceylon Journal of Science
Forest Products Journal The Ceylon Journal of Medical sciences
Forest Trees and Livelihoods Coconut Bulletin
FPRDI Journal Cocos
Gajah Economic Review
GIM International Diyadama (Sinhala)
The Indian forester Journal of the Rubber Research Institute of Sri Lanka
Indian Journal of Forestry Journal of the National Science Foundation
The International Forestry Reveiw Journal of the Soil Science Society of Sri Lanka
International Forest Fire News Karmantha (Sinhala)
IUFRO News Loris
Journal of Non Timber Forest Mihimandala (Sinhala)
Journal of Sustainable Forestry Ruk (Sinhala)
Journal of Tropical Forest Science Pusthakala Pravurthi (Sinhala)
The Malaysian Forester Soba (Sinhala)
The National Geographic Wanajeevi (Sinhala)
New Zealand Journal of Forestry Sicnece -
SIDA Contributions to Botany -
Tigerpaper -
Tropical resources -
Unasylva -
World Conservation -

Service Hours

Weekdays: The library will remain opened for readers from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p. m. on weekdays. Presentation of a current, valid Identity Card is required to gain entry permission to the library. The users are expected to conduct themselves in a manner respectful of other library users, staff, materials, and facilities.

For Further Information Contact

The Librarian,
Forest Department Library,
Forest Department, Sampathpaya,
P.O. Box. 3, Battaramulla.
Tel: 011-2867237
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 May 2012 13:11