Lakhapur village is situated in Brahmapuri taluka of Chandrapur district in Maharashtra. A dryand moist-deciduous forest surrounds this village with species like khair, dhawada, sehma, saag, mahua, neem, bel, anjan, mini, babul, tamarind, mango, bahawa, rohan, shendri, tendu, sahu, etc. Some of the big mammals found here include Indian wolf, spotted deer or chital, wild boar and jungle cat.
The total human population of the village is 510, living in 100 households. The main communities include the bhois, gonds, kumbis and nalivis. Buddhism and Hinduism are the two main religions practiced in the village.
Agriculture is the main occupation of the villagers, rice being the main crop. Other crops grown here are pulses and wheat. The secondary occupations are livestock rearing and agricultural labour. The livestock population is 250 cows and 100 buffaloes.
The villagers are dependent on the forest for fuelwood, wood for agricultural implements and housing, medicinal plants and fodder. Honey and resin, and mahua, mango, tamarind, biba and charoli fruits, are extracted for livelihood.
Legally this forest is under the jurisdiction of the revenue department and nistari (customary use) rights remain with the villagers.