The Sabah Forestry Department is entrusted to manage forests and regulate forestry activities in Sabah, the second largest state in Malaysia. It is situated at the northern tip of Borneo Island which hosts some of the world's oldest and biodiversity-richest tropical rainforests.


Commercial logging in Sabah first started in 1879, and in 1914, the Sabah Forestry Department was established in response to rapid increase in logging activities.


Until today, the Sabah Forestry Department has held an important role in the State's development. It employs about 2,000 staff throughout Sabah and many of them are based in the Headquarters which is located in Sandakan, about 9 kilometres from the town centre.