State Forestry Corps

The State Forestry Corps (Italian: Corpo forestale dello Stato or CFS) was a national police agency in Italy. It was established on 15 October 1822 by Charles Felix of Sardinia as Amministrazione forestale per la custodia e la vigilanza dei boschi. The five Italian autonomous regions have their own corps of forestry police under regional or provincial control (Corpo forestale regionale/provinciale), which have not been disbanded.[1] CFS was dissolved on December 31, 2016 and all personnel become militarized and absorbed by the Comando unità per la tutela forestale, ambientale e agroalimentare Carabinieri.

State Forestry Corp
Corpo Forestale dello Stato
Agency overview
FormedOctober 15, 1822
DissolvedDecember 31, 2016
Superseding agencyComando unità per la tutela forestale, ambientale e agroalimentare, Carabinieri
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionItaly
Officers of the State Forestry Corp.


The CFS had police powers and acted as a park ranger force responsible for protecting Italy's natural resources, the environment, countryside and ecosystems, especially national parks and national forests. It also acted as a criminal investigative department and as a typical police force. Its specialist duties included arresting poachers, investigating environmental violations, illegal building, counterfeit foods, safeguarding protected animal species, enforcing endangered species laws, and preventing and fighting wildfires through 15 regional commands and its fleet of 22 fire-fighting aircraft. It had responsibility for managing activities related to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in Italy.


The CFS was an agency under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. It was part of the Direzione Investigativa Antimafia (DIA) (Anti-Mafia Investigation Department). The CFS was also responsible for civil protection in Italy's mountain areas and for disaster relief. If necessary, the CFS could also be used in tasks of public order in the city and any urban context.

Regional CorpsEdit

The autonomous forestry corps of the special statute regions have not been suppressed, and are active in Sicily, Sardinia, Val d'Aosta, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Trentino Alto Adige.

Corporate profileEdit

The CFS's emergency telephone number for reporting forest fires was 1515. The CFS's vehicle livery was green with a white stripe and the words Corpo Forestale dello Stato in white along the side. The vehicle plates began with the letters "CFS" in red.

Rank insigniaEdit

Senior executive positions
Dirigente generale
Dirigente superiore
Primo dirigente
Senior management positions and senior management trainees
Vice questore aggiunto forestale
Commissario capo forestale
Commissario forestale (direct entry trainee)
Commissario forestale (internal recruitment trainee)
Vice commissario (internal recruitment trainee)
Middle management positions
Ispettore superiore scelto
Ispettore superiore
Ispettore capo
Vice ispettore
Supervisory positions
Sovrintendente capo
Vice sovrintendente
Basic positions
assistente capo
Agente scelto

See alsoEdit


External linksEdit

  Media related to Corpo Forestale dello Stato at Wikimedia Commons