Natural Resources in Dantewada District
Dantewada is rich enough in respect of Natural Resources. Valuable minerals are
hidden between the deep green timber forest . Iron, Tin, Kimberlite, corrundum, High
quality Granite, Silica, and many other valuable minerals.
Main natural resources available in the district are 1. Forest 2. Minerals 3. Medicinal plants
The forest in the district is also very peculier in the manner that where one side it is full of Timber Wood Sal , Teak, on the other side it is full of wild fruit bearing trees which is the lively hood of tribals of the district.
Dantewada boasts of being the oldest forest type under erstwhile Bastar Circle. Spread over an area of 8362.00 Sq. Km. forests of Dantewada are not only an index on nature's bounty, but also a visitior's delight.
Champion & Seth
classified these forests in to four groups namely : South Indian Moist Deciduous forests,
mainly comprising of teak, Moist Deciduos forests without teak, Mixed forests, subtropical
wet hill forests comprising of Bamboo also. It is also worth mentioning here that Sal
Forests give way to rich Teak forests here in the district.
Main tree spieces of the forests of the district are Teak (tectona grandis) Sal, (shorea robusta) Saj (terminalia tomentosa), Bija (petrocarpus marsupeun), Haldu (adina cardfolia) and Bamboo (dendrocalomons strictus). Their main " minor forest produce" are Tamarind (tamarindus indica), Mahuwa (mahua indica), Kosa (cocoons).