Agriculture is the main source of livelihood in Karopani Village. This area is especially reserved for the Blackbuck that lives on the Village grassland and land left fallow by the community. The presence of Blackbuck holds great mythological and traditional importance for the community. By the 1980s, due to indiscriminate felling of trees by timber mafia and the community, the forest was reduced to a degraded forest.The forest conservation efforts was then said to have been started by Purna Chandra Nayak, a responsible member of the CCA. He motivated others to join him in his cause as well. The informal conservation process went on for many years till it took a formal shape with the formation of the Forest Protection Committee in 1999. Stringent bye-laws have been laid down for the conservation of the species.