Dhanushadham Protected Forest is situated in Dhanushadham Municipality, Dhanusha district of Central Development Region, Nepal.
Government of Nepal announced the Forest as Protected Forest on 25th February 2014 (2069.11.14) namely Dhanushadham Protected Forest due to its biological and historical importance. The existing buffer zone VDCs Dhanushadham, Dhanusha Govindpur, Yagyabhumi and Umaprempur merged and declared as Dhanushadham municipality. Number of house hold is 8,627 and Total population of the municipality is 45,008 surrounding the forest.
Total area of the forest is 360 hectare and main tourist attraction of the forest is Blue Bull (Nilghai) Antelope. Total 42 Nos. of Blue Bull was counted by Mithila Wildlife Trust in 2014. Other wildlife species includes different species of birds, snakes, Civet Cat, Porcupine, Pangolin, Langoor, Wild Rabbit, Jackle, Fox and many more.
Mithila Wildlife Trust (MWT), Department of Forest (DoF) and Dhanushadham Protected Forest Council (DPF Council) have been working actively for conservation of the forest since its announcement as Protected Forest. Major threats to the forest like overgrazing, community made fire, land encroachment, heavy trespassers to the forest, illegal tree logging, tree bark piling for firewood, unmanaged firewood collection and unmanaged mud mining have been tackled without financial support of any stakeholders.
The regular awareness and community interaction programmes organized by MWT and DOF Council have made it possible. The conservation is getting strong community support with their increased awareness level.
With help of international experts, MWT has designed to develop the forest as Dhanushadham Biological Unit which has been approved by Department of Forests, Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Government of Nepal.