Although the sacred grove had existed for generations in the village, it was only about 40 years ago that the protection efforts started with a new vigour. Facing indifference and overuse, the forests around the village were gradually degrading, including those in the sacred grove. This degradation directly affected the availability of water in the village. Realisation about decreasing availability of water led to the formation of the Hunsur Gramabhivruddhi Trust (HGT) for forest protection.
Certain rules and regulations followed by the villagers with respect to the sacred grove include:
1. No one is allowed to cut the green trees or green leaves from the conserved area.
2. Outside villagers are not allowed free entry into the forest.
3. Villagers are allowed to collect NTFP in a sustainable manner.
4. Dry leaves are allowed to be collected from the forest.
5. Fuelwood from this forest is auctioned to the villagers once a year during the summer.
Offenders are fined an amount ranging from Rs 10 to 1000 by the Gramabhivruddhi Trust. The money obtained through fines is collected by the HGT and is used for developmental activities in the village.
Till about a decade ago, the village followed a system of patrolling the forests by rotation. This system was called kuyilugatti system. Kuyilugatti in the local language means a kind of sword. The sword would be kept in the households of the village by rotation, throughout the year. The family in whose house this sword is kept undertakes the responsibility of protecting the conserved forest. This practice has now been abandoned.
Within the village, the conservation effort was initiated by the older generation but the younger generation is well aware of the importance of this effort.