National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment

                          All forestry activities  at the early stage such as plantation establishment, silvicultural research, national park, wildlife, watershed management as well as forest protection were under the Royal Forest Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. But on 20th September B.E. 2545 (AD 2002) members of the Senate voted at score 127:23 supported the seperation of activities on commercial forests from conservation and protection forests.  It was directed that activities on commercial forests be under the Royal Forest Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives while conservation and protection activities be put under the new Department to be established within the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE). However, the House of Representatives was later agreed with the Senate which different from the 3th hearing on 29th June B.E.2545 (AD 2002) where division of the Royal Forest Department into two departments had not been mentioned.

                         The Government Reorganization Act B.E. 2545 (AD 2002) which was declared in a government gazette volume 119, section 99 Koh ( )  dated 2 October B.E.2545  (AD 2002) specified that the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department  (DNP) be established under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. H.E. Pol. Lt. Col. Thaksin Shinawatra, the Prime Minister, issued an order appointed Dr. Plodprasop Suraswadi, Permanent Secretary of the MONRE, as acting Director-General of the DNP. Therefore, he was the first Director - General of the DNP. His tenure ended on 14 November B.E. 2545 (AD 2002) . The present Director - General of the DNP is Mr.Somchai Pienstaporn.