The Kalapipal Village is located at a distance of 7 km from Jhabua in the same district, a tribal dominated area. The community believes that their forest represents Van Devta (Forest God) and provides them with rain, wood, shade and fruits besides providing shelter and life to various animals residing in the forest. Community conservation of the Kalapipal Village forest is as old as the Village itself. However, formal protection and conservation of the forest was initiated only in 1986 triggered by the illegal extraction of wood and fodder by contractors from the neighbouring areas. In 1990, the Village Forest Committee was formed with assistance from the Forest Department and they have bye-laws for conservation of forest and sharing of fodder.