Available for free download 'Highlands of Central India'

Dear nature lovers,

The bio-geographic region Central Indian Highlands covers parts of Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Maharashtra states. This region is home to some of India's best known forests and tiger habitats like Pench and Kanha, among others. These forests are the catchment for some of India's well-known rivers like Narmada, Chambal and Tapti. The Maikal hills here bridge the Satpura and the Vindhya ranges. It is here that the natural teak (Tectona grandis) forests from southern Peninsular India give way to natural sal (Shorea robusta) forests that are predominant in north India. 

One of the earliest books to detail the region's wildlife was 'Highlands of Central India: Notes on their forests and wild tribes, natural history and sports.' It was penned by Captain J Forsyth of Bengal Staff Corps, who was the ACF (Asst Conservator of Forests) and acting CF of erstwhile Central Provinces. The book describes the region's various forests and their denizens - both human and wildlife, along with some of his hunts. Forsyth died at a young age of 33. 

A copyright free version of the second edition of this book with map and illustrations, printed in 1872 is available for free download at 
http://www.archive.org/details/highlandsofcentr00forsrich
 
Happy reading,
Ameen

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