Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla

Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla specializes in solving unique ecological problems of the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. The Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla conducts research on regeneration of natural temperate forests among others.

The main thrust areas of Himalayan Forest Research Institute are as follows:
  • Development of nursery techniques for development of quality planting stock
  • Conducts and participates in the eco-rehabilitation of cold desert, mined areas and regeneration of degraded coniferous and broad-leaved forests.
  • Applied management of pasture lands
  • Pro-active conservation of agroforestry in lower hills
  • The development of Integrated Pest Management models

The Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla has achieved many milestones in botanical and zoological research. The notable successes of Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla are:
  • Research and identification of factors affecting natural regeneration of Silver Fir and Spruce
  • Successfully analyzed factors influencing regeneration of conifers like seed maturity indices or shading or transplanting among others.
  • Collaborated with State Forest departments to increase forest cover. 32.18 hectares of forest is already regenerated.
  • Established seed orchards of Shisham and Chir Pine
  • Conducted studies on Insect Pests of broad leaved species and standardization of pesticide Furadan 3-G
  • Development of Mine rehabilitation model and transfer of technology. Satisfactory progress in four years of rehabilitation.
  • Establishment of Herbarium in the Institute. Collected 800 species of herbs from the cold Himalayan region. The Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla has identified 22 medicinal plant species listed in Red Data book.

The future plan of the Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla includes bio-diversity conservation in the Himalayan region.

Last Updated on : 29/05/2013

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