The Forests of Western Ghats have been logged from time immemorial. In many parts of the Western Ghats, the forests have been converted to agricultural lands. Besides many of the plantation crops such as Coffee, tea, rubber, teak etc have replaced the original vegetation. A number of NTFP species are harvested both by the forest dwelling and forest dependent communities. Extraction of medicinal plants from the Western Ghats has been recorded from the past 200 years. The Western Ghats is also threathened by a number of developmental activities such as roads, railways, dams etc. A large number of livestock is dependent on the Western Ghats. Encroachment in many protected areas also has been reported.
The levels of harvest and other developmental activities in Western Ghats are documented here.