The Indian Forest Service aims at scientifically managing and protecting the forests of India. It was constituted in the year 1966 under the All India Services Act, 1951 by the Government of India. The main mandate of the service is the implementation of the country's National Forest Policy which envisages scientific management of forests and to exploit them on a sustained basis for primary timber products, among other things. The responsibility of managing the forests is done by the State Forest Departments under the respective State governments.