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Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education
(An Autonomous Body of Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India)

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Himalayan Forest Research Institute Shimla

HFRI Simla

Himalayan Forest Research Institute (HFRI), Shimla was established as High Level Conifer Regeneration Research Centre during May 1977 for carrying out Research on problem associated with natural regeneration of Silver Fir and Spruce. The institute made its humble beginning from this Centre and at the time of re-organization of forestry research in Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education (ICFRE), Dehradun, during 1998, Government of India appreciated the problems of Temperate Eco-system and decided to upgrade this Centre in to a full-fledged research institute.

Director's Message

Dr. V.P. Tewari

Director, HFRI Shimla

It gives me immense pleasure to welcome you to the official webpage of Himalayan Forest Research Institute (HFRI), Shimla. The Institute caters to the forestry research needs of the States of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. The Institute has been declared as an Advanced Centre for Cold Desert Afforestation and Pasture Management by the Council for taking up advanced research in eco-restoration of these harsh sites.

I hope, the information given in the webpage will be of great help to the viewers. Suggestions for improving the website are welcome.

The mandate of this Centre had also been enlarged to cater to forestry research needs pertaining to eco-rehabilitation of Cold Deserts of mined areas and regeneration of Coniferous and broadleaved forests, besides activities on management practices including insect-pests management in temperate forests and in alpine areas too. Popularization of agro-forestry and other related extension activities has also included in its mandate. This Centre has now been re-designated as Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla and is a regional research institute of ICFRE with an area of responsibilities extending to the states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.

This Institute till date has made significant contribution to the artificial regeneration of Silver fir (Abies pindrow) and Spruce (Picea smithiana) by carrying out research on their seeds, nursery practices and planting technology. Other notable achievements include development of nursery and planting techniques, etc. of other conifers like, Deodar, Taxus Chir-Pine, Blue-Pine, including their broadleaved associates like, Birdcherry, Horsechestnut, Oaks, Maples, Poplars and species endemic to the cold desert areas. Research and extension activities of the Institute includes, establishment and standardization of agro-forestry models in the lower and mid hills of Himachal Pradesh, eco-economic rehabilitation of mine damaged areas including organizing the workshops and trainings for the user groups. Considerable work has been taken up in the cold desert areas of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir for documentation of flora of such areas including the standardization of nursery techniques for the species endemic to the cold deserts. Studies on assessment of floristic diversity and animal-plant relationships in the Wildlife Sanctuaries have also been initiated with the hope that the Institute will contribute on these aspects too, in the times to come. Insect-pest attacks and diseases of Deodar, Shisham, Chir-Pine, Blue-Pine, Siris, Oaks and Willows were investigated and remedial measures suggested to the State Forest Departments of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. A good success has also been made towards standardization of agro-practices of medicinal plants especially of the temperate region. This way, the Institute has contributed/ is contributing its expertise to this most fragile, sensitive and susceptible ecosystem for better and scientific management of the forest eco-system in the states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.

Mandate of the Institute dealing with temperate, alpine and cold desert areas of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir thereby enabling the Institute to cater to the forestry research needs of the above mandated states of HFRI has been revisited during 2007 and the revised mandate is as under:

  • To assess the current status of natural regeneration of important plant species.

  • To develop cost effective nursery, planting and seed technologies of important plant species.

  • To develop technologies for rehabilitation of mined areas, stress sites and other fragile areas.

  • To survey, identify and document the species of cold deserts and develop suitable technologies for biomass production in case of important plants.

  • To survey and to assess the productive potential of alpine pastures and grasslands in the low lying areas.

  • To develop economical and environmental friendly pest and disease management technologies for seed, nursery, plantation and natural forests.

  • To assess conservation status of flora including development of agro-techniques of commercially important non-timber forest products.

  • To identify and to create awareness about the multi-purpose tree species for various agro-climatic zones to supplement their income including bio-fuel species.

  • To study and analyze the various aspects related to global warming in temperate ecosystems.

  • To identify and promote cost effect forestry management practices for enhancing the livelihood of forestry dependent communities.

  • To take up research/ studies on urban forestry, which is another emerging area.

  • To undertake consultancies in the field of ecology, biodiversity conservation, insect-pest incidences, non-wood forest products and other issues pertaining to the silvicultural importance.

The Institute also has the National mandate of eco-restoration of cold deserts and accordingly has been declared as ‘Centre for Advanced Studies for Cold Desert Afforestation and Pasture Management’.

Projects Undertaken

Completed Projects 2008-2009 2009-2010 -
Continued Projects - - 2010-2011
New Project Initiated - - 2010-2011
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