According to professional statistics, more than 60% of the state is under forest cover which not only provides timber and fuel wood but also extensive farmland for grazing cattle and apart from the total land area only a small portion has permanent pastures. It has 12 Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks covering almost 14% of the total area of the state where one can capture the accurate expressions of various birds and animals. Different Sanctuaries and Parks are located at different altitudes varying from 800mts to as high as 5400mts.
The Asan Barrage and Jhilmil Tal are two Conservation Reserves with Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and Valley of Flowers National Park for nature lovers, wildlife photographers, adventurers, travelers, will meet their requirements in the state.
The state is visualized with scope of greenery where a rich biodiversity meets overall like it has 6 national parks, 4 untamed life havens.
Jim Corbett National Park the most famous of the state is situated in Ramanagar in the district of Nainital, Uttarakhand.. Home of Leopards, Tigers, Elephants, four types of Deer, Wild Boar, few nocturnal cats like Jungle Cat, Fishing Cat, etc. Corbett Park host a lot of birds like Slaty Headed Parakeet, Ibis Bill, Crested Kingfisher, Redstart, Eagles, Magpie, Whistling Thrush and Scimitar Babbler.
Valley of Flowers is located in the upper expansions of Bhyundar Ganga in the far interior of Himalayan ranges is a colorful and eye catching valley.
Rajaji National Park spreads across three districts of the state like Haridwar, Pauri Garhwal and Dehradun that includes grasslands, vegetation zones, deciduous forests, etc.
Kedarnath Sanctuary is stuffed with snow cock, snow leopard, musk deer, and many other species of birds. Govind, Askot, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuaries and Assan Barrage which is a bird Sanctuary also known as Dhalipur Lake is a wetland famous for bird watching though not very large in size.