Projects

A) Completed Projects:
Project 1 :  Introduction and Performance Trial of Paulownia Species for Agroforestry in Different Agro-Climatic Zones of Himachal Pradesh.

Project 2 :  Diagnostic Survey & Appraisal of Existing Agroforestry Systems in Mid and High Hills of Himachal Pradesh.

Project 3 :  Diagnostic Study of Indigenous and Institutionalized Participatory Forest Management in Himachal Pradesh.

Project 4:  Evaluation of soil fertility status and nutrient return from the important indigenous Agroforestry tree species in Himachal Pradesh with special reference to Hamirpur district.

Project 5 :  Introduction and performance trials of Gmelina arborea for Agroforestry in Lower Hills of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.

Project 6 :  Promotion of Medicinal Plants Cultivation among Rural Communities for Sustainable Income Generation.

Project 7 :  Survey, collection, processing and analysis of soil samples pertaining to the project titled, “Studies on Assessment of Soil Carbon Stocks, and Dynamics in Forest Soils of India” with special reference to Forest Types of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir’.

Project 8 :  Development of Ecologically Viable and Socio-economically Acceptable integrated Models for Arresting Willow (Salix spp.) Mortality in Lahaul Valley of Himachal Pradesh.

Project 9 :  Standardization of Nursery techniques of Five Prominent Indigenous species (Capparis spinosa, Colutea nepalensis, Caragana geraradiana, Ribes orientale, Cratagus songarica besides Eleaegnus angustifolia, Hippophae rhamnoides and Rosa webbiana) of Cold desert.

Project 10 :  An Ecological Assessment of Floristic Diversity in Hemis High Altitude National Park, Ladakh, Jammu &Kashmir.

Project 11 :  Ecological Assessment, Collection, Multiplication and Establishment of Clonal Banks of the Superior Genotypes of Economically Important Hill Bamboos (Arundinaria spp.) in Himachal Pradesh.

Project 12 :  Ecological Assessment of Floristic Diversity in Kalatop-Khajjiar Wildlife Sanctuary of District Chamba, Himachal Pradesh.

Project 13 :  Ecological Assessment of Forest Areas Falling under Kol Dam Hydroelectric Project in Bilaspur District of Himachal Pradesh.

Project 14 :  Studies on Plant Diversity in Cold Deserts of District Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh.

Project 15 :  Studies on Plant Diversity of Rakchham-Chitkul Wildlife Sanctuary of District Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh.

Project 16 :  Management of Insect Borer Complex in Chir-Pine Forests.

Project 17 :  Survey, Biology and Control of Insect-Pests of Important Medicinal Plants in Himachal Pradesh.

Project 18 :  Survey and Bio-ecology of Potential Insect-Pests and Pathogens of Cone and Seeds of Pinus gerardiana Wall.

Project 19 :  Taxonomy, Biodiversity and Habitat Association of Noctuid Moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in various Conifer Forests of Himachal Pradesh’.

Project 20 :  Development of suitable model for intercropping of commercially important medicinal plants with horticultural plantations in the temperate region of Himachal Pradesh.

Project 21 :  Promotion of Medicinal Plants Cultivation among Rural Communities for Sustainable Income Generation.

Project 22 :  Identification of superior chemotypes and ex-situ conservation of Podophyllum hexandrum Royle form Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir (Ladakh Valley) (Plan Project)

Project 23 :  Network project on Population assessment and identification of superior genetic stock of Picrorhiza kurrooa Royle ex Benth and Valeriana jatamansi Jones by screening different populations from North-Western Himalayas (H.P. and Uttarakhand).

Project 24 :  Studies on natural regeneration of Pinus gerardiana Wall. In Himachal Pradesh.

Project 25 :  Studies on population status and berberine content in different provenances of Berberis aristata DC. in Himachal Pradesh and standardization of its propagation techniques (DBT funded)

Project 26 :  Inventorization, documentation of plant diversity and to evolve site-specific management strategies for conservation of various sacred groves in Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh.

Project 27 :  Assessment of nutritional status of most preferred wild edible plants of Kinnaur district, Himachal Pradesh.

Project 28 :  Assessment of optimum harvest limits of Picrorhiza kurroa and Valeriana jatamansi in Himachal Pradesh.

Project 29 :  Production of quality planting material of Picrorhiza kurrooa Royle ex Benth & Valeriana jatamansi Jones and extension of their cultivation technology to local communities (NMPB, New Delhi funded project)

Project 30 :  Production of Quality Planting Material of Aconitum heterophyllum Wall. Ex Royle & Angelica glauca Edgew. and extension of their cultivation technology tolocal communities (NMPB, New Delhi funded project).

Project 31 :  Suitability of Jatropha curcas L. Seed Sources in Lower and Mid Himalayan Regions of Himachal Pradesh (DBT, New Delhi funded project).

Project 32 :  Field Evaluation of Superior Accessions of Jatropha curcas under Micro-mission Programme in Himachal Pradesh (DBT, New Delhi funded project).

Project 33 :  Setting up 100 hectare demonstration plot in Himachal Pradesh and production of elite planting material of Dendrocalamus hamiltonii (Funding Agency: DBT, New Delhi).

Project 34 :  Population genetic analysis and characterization of Cedrus deodara germplasm through DNA based markers.

Project 35 :  Planting Stock Improvement Programme in Cedrus deodara.

Project 36 :  Allozyme variation in natural populations of deodar (Cedrus deodara).

Project 37 :  Determination of Morphological and Physiological quality Parameters of Nursery Stock of Deodar (Cedrus deodara) and Ban oak (Quercus leucotrichophora).

Project 38 :  Developing efficient methods for preparation of compost from different locally available raw materials in different eco-climatic zones.

Project 39 :  Development of Techniques for Raising Deodar (Cedrus deodara) Plantations through Tall Plants.

Project 40 :  Productivity enhancement through selection of superior clones of Dalbergia sissoo.

Project 41 :  Standardization of methodology for seed collection, seed handling, storage and breaking seed dormancy in Juniperus polycarpos C. Koch and Fraxinus xanthoxyloides (Wall. Ex G. Don) DC.

Project 42 :  Standardization of methodology for collection of seed, its handling, storage, testing and certification of seeds of important tree species of HP.

Project 43 :  Standardization of nursery technology for mass propagation of selected medicinal plant species. 
Project 44Bio- ecological studies on Ectropis deodarae Prout.(Lepidoptera: Geometridae), A Pest of Deodar in the Westeran Himalayas. 
Project 45Development of Model for Integrated Pest Management with special reference to Cedrus deodara (Roxb.)G. Don.
Project 46Screening and selection of insect pest resistant phenotypes/ genotypes of important tree spices (Pinus roxburghii Sarg.,  Cedrus deodara(Roxb.) G.Don and Dalbergia sissoo Roxb.).

 

Project 47Survey, Biology  and Control of Important Insect-Pests of Medicinal Plants of Himachal Pradesh.   
Project 48Management of Insect Borer Complex in Chir-Pine Forest.
Project 49Study on potential Insect-pests and pathogens of cone and seeds of Pinus gerardiana Wall.   

Project 50Management of Insect- pests and pathogens of seeds of Pinus gerardiana Wall. In storage.

Project 51Productivity enhancement through selection of superior clones of Dalbergia sissoo (PSIP)

Project 52Study on the influence of Climate and Biomics of Pityogenes scitus Blanford (Coleoptera: Scolytidae) in Himachal Pradesh.

Project 53Biology and Management of Insect- pests of seeds of Juniper polycarpos C. Koch and evaluating the insect- pests resistance performance in the nursery for three years.

Project 54Taxonomy, Biodiversity and Habitat Association of Noctuidae Moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae ) in various conifer forests of Himachal Pradesh.

Project 55Taxonomy and molecular analysis (through RAPD- PCR) of moths (Lepidoptera) of Cold Deserts (Spiti and Leh) of Indian Himalayas.

Project 56Assesment of Carbon Stock in Forest Type of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

B) Ongoing Projects:

Project 1 : Plant Diversity Studies in Shikari Devi Wild Life Sanctuary of Mandi District, Himachal Pradesh for Long Term Ecological Monitoring.

Project 2 : Ecological Assessment and Prioritization of Floristic Diversity: Developing Conservation Strategies for Shimla Water Catchment Sanctuary, Himachal Pradesh. 


Project 3 :  Biology and Management of Insect-Pests of Seeds of Juniperus polycarpos C. Koch and Evaluating the Insect-Pests Resistance Performance in the Nursery for Three Years.

Project 4 :  Taxonomy and Molecular Analysis (through RAPD-PCR) of Moths (Lepidoptera) of Cold Deserts (Spiti & Leh) of Indian Himalayas” under DST Young Scientist – Fast Track Scheme. (EAP).

Project 5 :  Biological Control of Thysanoplusia orichalcea (F.) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae): A Potential Insect-Pest of Saussurea costus in North-Western Himalayas and Extension of Protection Technology to Local Communities. (EAP)

Project 6 :  Ecological studies on distribution patterns and food plant resources of butterflies along altitudinal gradients in different ecosystems of Western Himalayan Sub-Alpine Forests of Himachal Pradesh.

Project 7 :  High Altitude Transition Zone in Himachal Pradesh (HATZ), Long term studies to assess the effects of global warming and trails to rehabilitate degraded sites in this zone.

Project 8 :  Establishment of Western Himalayan Temperate Arboretum (WHTA) at Potter Hill Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

Project 9 :  National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) conservation project.

Project 10 :  Survey and mapping of ashtvarga groups of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAP’s) in Himachal Pradesh.

Project 11 :  Centrally sponsored scheme of national mission on medicinal plants- Establishment of Small Nursery at Field Research Station (FRS) Brundhar, Jagatsukh Kullu (H.P.)

Project 12 :  : Determination of nursery requirements and initial planting performance of Diploknema butyracea (Roxb.) H. J. Lam and Myrica esculenta Buch. Ham. under mid-hill conditions of Himachal Himalayas.

Project 13 :  Isozyme variation in natural populations of Pinus gerardiana (Neoza Pine)

Project 14 :  Studies on seed germination and longevity of Abies spectabilis (D.Don) Spach.

Project 15 :  Population genetic analysis of Himalayan Banj Oak (Quercus leucotrichophora) forests and its pertinence to genetic conservation.

Project 16 :  Identification of distinct traits for DUS for conifers (PPV& FRA, New Delhi).

Project 17 :  Development of gene markers for high seed oil content and dissecting molecular basis of female flower development in Jatropha curcas towards its genetic improvement for high seed yield (DBT, New Delhi).

Project 18:  Production of quality planting material of Aconitum heterophyllum Wall. exRoyle, Podophyllum hexandrum Royle & Angelica glauca Edgew and extension of their cultivation technology to local Communities (NMPB, New Delhi).

Project 19:  Creating awareness for revival, recharging, sanitation & hygiene of natural Water resources through adoption of scientific intervention in Model Village Lanabanka, District Sirmour, HP (DST, New Delhi). 
 
Project 20Studies on changing forest insects- pests status  of  high altitude transitional zones and their  management in Himachal Pradesh.
Project 21 Biological Control of Thysanolplusia orichalsia (F) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidea): A Potential insect- pests of  Saussurea costus in North- Western Himalayas and extension of protection technology to local communities.
Project 22 Bio- diversity, Habitat Associations and GIS Mapping Noctuid Moths (Lepidpotera: Noctuidae) of Chir Pine Forest of Jammu Province (Jammu & Kashmir), India.
Project 23 Ecological studies on distribution patterns and food plant resources of butterflies along altitudinal gradients in different ecosystems of  Western Himalayan Sub-Alpine Forests of Himachal Pradesh.
Project 24 Conservation of  Pinus gerardiana through Mycorrhizal Biotechnology.

C)Consultancies:

A]CONSULTANCIES EXECUTED BY HFRI:


1. Studies on Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and Preparation of Environment Management Plan (EMP) for Integrated Kashang Hydroelectric Project (243 MW), Himachal Pradesh.

Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla has taken up the studies in EIA of Kashang Hydroelectric Project (243 MW) and based on the studies has also prepared EMP. The EIA and EMP was duly approved by the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India. The proposed Integrated Kashang Project comprises of four distinct stages of development:

  • Stage-I, comprising of diversion of the Kashang stream, at El. 2829 m, to an underground powerhouse located on the right bank of Sutlej near Powari village, developing a head of approximately 830 m;
  • Stage-II, comprising of diversion of the Kerang stream, at El. 2870 m, into an underground water conductor system leading the upstream end of Stage-I water conductor system;
  • Stage-III, consisting of augmenting the generating capacity of Stage-I powerhouse using Kerang waters over the 820 m head available in Kashang Stage-I powerhouse.
  • Stage-IV, comprising of more or less independent scheme harnessing the power potential of Kerang stream upstream of the diversion site of Stage-II. In this scheme, a head of approximately 300 m could be utilized to develop power in an underground powerhouse located on the right bank of Kerang khad.


Integrated Kashang Hydroelectric Project (243 MW)

The EIA study includes the study of various baseline parameters of environment viz. land, water, air, noise, flora, fauna and socio-economics. Integration of these parameters gives an overall perception of positive and negative impacts due to construction of a hydroelectric project, if any. For overall prediction of impacts, the Study Area was considered 10 km radius from center of K-K link tunnel integrating Stage-I with Stage-II & III and covering all consequential project component viz. intake structures of Stage-I (Dolo Dogri), Stage-II (Lappo), Stage-IV (Toktu), underground power houses of Stage-I and Stage-IV and TRT discharging into river Satluj along with free drainage catchment of Kashang and Kerang Khads above the trench weir sites. It is worth mentioning here that the Stage-I, Stage-II & IV of the integrated project, are the only HEP in Kashang and Kerang Khad, respectively and there is no other HEP in the downstream or upstream reach of Stage-I and IV intake points except for Stage IV which is also a part of integrated scheme. There is also no submergence area in view of diversion of flow through vertical drop trench weirs. In view of baseline studies already made with respect to EIA studies earlier carried out and with respect to which (Stage-I) clearance was accorded on 15-11-2002, further baseline study was carried out for winter and pre-monsoon seasons during March 2008 to July 2008 as contained in para 4.1 of the TOR set out by the MoEF vide letter No. J-12011/81/2007-1A.1 dated 12-12-2007.

On the basis of EIA studies, a detail EMP comprising of Catchment Area Treatment Plan, Resettlement and Rehabilitation Plan, Compensatory Afforestation Scheme, Green Belt Development Plan, Wildlife Management Development Plan and Biodiversity Conservation Plan, Muck Management Plan, Restoration Plan for Quarry Sites, Landscape and Restoration Plan, Health Management Plan, Provision for Subsidized Fuel, Sold Waste Management Plan, Disaster Management Plan, Environmental Monitoring Plan, Development Plan for Fisheries in Streams, River, Economic Assessment, Summary of Impacts and Conclusions.

Based on the environmental impact assessment, the following few recommendations are made:

  • Requisite NOC from SPCB under Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 and Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 shall have to be obtained in respect of quarry sites, which are not already approved.
  • The project proponent shall keep itself abreast of the latest laws and regulation in respect of environment and take apt and timely actions in context to changes associated with these.
  • Strict adherence to implementation of management plan by the contractors shall have to be ensured by adopting systematic periodical auditing and reporting during the construction period.
  • Project proponent and their representatives are advised to develop a strategy for effective public consultation at all times.

2. Preparation of Catchment Area Treatment (CAT) Plan for BSL Project from Padoh Dam to Larji Dam, Sunder Nagar, District Mandi (H.P.):

In view of concerns expressed by the local people, Hon'ble High Court of Himachal Pradesh, in the matter of BBMB Versus State of Himachal Pradesh Environment Protection and Pollution Control Board (HPEP and PCB), directed the Central Pollution Control Board (Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India) to develop a proper CAT Plan. In compliance to the directions of Hon'ble High Court, the Central Pollution Control Board, constituted an Expert Committee for preparing the Action Plan for management of silt and advise on other relevant issues with respect to Beas Sutlej Link (BSL) Project pertaining to Bhakra-Beas Management Board (BBMB) during 2004. The BBMB authorities interacted with the Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education (ICFRE) for the development of CAT Plan. Himalayan Forest Research Institute (HFRI), Shimla, which is one of the regional Research Institute of ICFRE, made a presentation before the Expert Committee on 19-02-2008 at Sundernagar, which resulted in developing of Terms of Reference (ToR) for this task and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between HFRI and BBMB authorities on 03.06.2008 for "Preparation of Catchment Area Treatment (CAT) Plan of BSL Project from Upstream of Pandoh Dam to Larji Dam for River Beas and its Tributaries". The total cost of the consultancy was Rs. 17.02 lacs.

Detailed field work was carried out by HFRI and its associates by using available scientific methodologies for development of CAT Plan. A draft Plan was discussed in detail with BBMB authorities including the Chief Engineer, other senior functionaries of BBMB, Forest Officers of Himachal Pradesh Forest Department and the experts from HFRI, Shimla on 09-08-2008. After this presentation and incorporation of the views of the authorities of BBMB, a final presentation was made before the Expert Committee of Central Pollution Control Board on 10-06-2009 at New Delhi. The Committee appreciated the CAT Plan and approved it with minor suggestions, which were incorporated in this final CAT Plan.


Summary of the CAT Plan:

The Beas originates from Beas Kund at an El 4085 m above msl near the Rohtang pass, at El 4062m above msl, on the southern end of Pir Panjal range, close to the source of the Ravi. After traversing 460 Km it confluences with the Satluj river at Harike. The river is comparatively a short river when compared to other major river of Indus basin, but entirely lies in the Indian territory and has a total catchment of 20,303 sq Km and carries annual flow of 15,800 MCM at Mandi. The total catchment of the Beas at Pandoh Dam and Larji Dam has been assessed as 5278 sq km and 4921 sq km respectively. Out of total 5278 sq km catchment area at Pandoh the total snow-bound catchment is 780 sq km.

The CAT Plan has been formulated with the main object of the soil and water conservation measures, in the free draining catchments are of Pandoh Dam to contain the precious soil being washed away particularly in the crucial area, where the foci of erosion is located. The area where the various soil conservation measures have been proposed, were prioritized on the basis of SYI methodology as well as ground truth reality. The effectiveness of the conservation measures can be fathomed by way of reduction in sediment load of the streams draining though the sub-watershed and increase in the output from the land, provided. The treated sub-watershed is not made to produce more sediment load than before by taking up the works due to various anthropogenic reasons like, excavation of roads, setting fires in jungle, overgrazing and burning of grasslands.

The rate of sediment flow in the stream viz. Chuli Nal, Gurshan gad and Bakhli Khad, in whose sub-watershed the soil and water conservation works have been proposed under the CAT plan, is bound to decrease with the implementation of integrated soil conservation measures. This flows from the corollary of the projects mentioned ibid. The success of the work per se is dependent upon host of factors, which are elucidated in the following sub paragraphs.


Improved Agronomic Practices:

Faulty agronomic practices lead to erosion of fertile agriculture land. The improved agronomic practices include such measures as containing farming crop rotation, strip cropping, cover crops and mulching usually carried out as a part of farm operation to protect the soil against wind and water erosion. Through public awareness program, the local farmers should be explained to adopt such practices for their benefits.


Development Work:

The infrastructure development works like construction of roads, construction of buildings etc., which involve direct intervention of the land environment, must be carried out in a scientific manner and the asset should be created in a sustainable eco-friendly manner. The excavated material should be used to optimum wherever possible and the surplus excavated material should be stacked in properly managed dumpsites. The unstable excavated slopes should be properly retained and the ground surface should be stabilized by growing vegetation. It has been observed that the muck from the road excavation is being disposed as rolling material, which is creating gully formation/erosion. All the good work done by implementing the CAT plan shall be meaningless if more sources of sediment production are created in the name of development. The success of the CAT plan implementation is mostly dependent upon eco- friendly activities in the area.


Mining:

The mining wastes are generally left in a position favorable to erosion. Therefore, while leasing out any new mine in the catchment area, the lessee should be bound to stack the mine – waste/spoils in the form of stable dumps and develop vegetation on the tip of the spoils by applying bio-technical methods. The used up mines in the forest land must be reclaimed and rehabilitated to check the erosion. The lease for the operation of the new mines in the catchment area should be given after recommendation of the proposed Monitoring Committee of Pandoh dam catchment.


Upper Development of Bakhli Khad:

The sub-watershed IBIC6 (4) through which Bakhli khad drains has an area of 62.8 sq. km out of 212.89 sq.km free draining catchment area of Pandoh dam. Bakhli khad originates from Shikari Devi and has many tributaries in the upper catchment. Patikari Hydroelectric project (15 MW) is an upper development of Bakhli khad and therefore its catchment has not been included in the free draining catchment of Pandoh dam. A separate CAT plan has been formulated by the project proponent viz. Patikari Power Private Limited.

The observations of sediment inflows are being done in Bakhli khad at a site, which is about 2.5 km from its confluence with Beas. Therefore, the average annual sediment rate also includes the sediment generated in the catchment of Patikari Power Project. The effectiveness of the soil and water conservation measures being implemented under Patikari project shall certainly have a bearing upon the overall sediment flow in Bakhli khad for whose lower catchment (62.8 sq.km), CAT plan entails treatment of 500 ha area under very severe erosion intensity class. It is also worthwhile here to note that under the CAT plan of Patikari Power Project afforestation and silvi-pastoral development have been proposed only in 60 ha and 30 ha area respectively although its catchment is 217 sq. km


Upper Development of Pandoh Dam:

Many hydroelectric projects have either been constructed or are under construction or proposed in the Basin of Beas River upstream of Pandoh Dam. All such upper development works of the Beas and its tributaries shall have separate CAT Plans for their free draining catchment. Though the schemes are generally R-O-R schemes, which have insignificant, trapping efficiency, the sediment production rate of these streams in particular and the Beas in general shall reduce after the implementation of proposed schemes. Thus the silt inflow into Pandoh Dam reservoir is likely to reduce with the cascading development of power in the basin. Therefore, overall sediment inflow in the reservoir of Pandoh Dam shall undoubtedly reduce with the implementation of the CAT Plan for the designated area, which drains directly into the reservoir.


3. Preparation of Catchment Area Treatment (CAT) Plan for Phina Singh Medium Irrigation Project, Nurpur, District Kangra

Executive Engineer, IPH Division, Nurpur, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh assigned the task of preparation of CAT Plan for Phina Singh Medium Irrigation Project to HFRI, Shimla during the month of May 2010 at a total cost of Rs. 15 lacs. HFRI has taken up the above task in collaboration with the M/ S Mantec Consultants, New Delhi and completed the assigned task in a time bound manner and submitted the 15 copies of Final CAT Plan to the consulting organization on 21.02.2011 after its approval from the Himachal Pradesh Forest Department.


Close View of Soil Erosion on right bank of Chaki Khad above road in Lohru Beat

Land Erosion on right bank of Kalam Khad in Lahru Beat


Summary of the CAT Plan:

Phina Singh Medium Irrigation Project, has been conceived with a view to harness water of Chakki Khad and Kalam Khad by constructing a 22 m high storage cum diversion dam across the former and supplementing the supplies by the tapping the latter through a system comprising of a trench weir and 849 m long feeder channel out falling into reservoir to be created in Chakki Khad. The water shall be diverted through 4.56 km long tunnel to 1.395 km long main canal and about 19 km long distribution system and 4.29 km long lift canal to provide gravity and lift irrigation to 2881 ha and 1144 ha CCA, respectively totaling 4025 CCA, covered under 60 villages falling under Nurpur-Sadwan area in tehsil Nurpur of district Kangra. The main canal shall be a contour canal with authorized head discharge of 3.27 cumecs to provide 100% irrigation intensities during Kharif and Rabi each besides 10.5% during Zaid crop. The estimated cost of the project, as per price level, September 2007, is Rs. 147.15 crore. The cost per hectare of gross irrigation is Rs. 1.76 lac and the benefit cost ratio has been assessed as 1.70:1. The project construction shall be undertaken in two phases to be completed in 4 to 5 years time frame.

Catchment area of the proposed project, at the storage cum diversion dam site, comprises of the sub-watersheds of Chakki Khad, Balud Khad and Kalam Khad whose water shall also be diverted to augment the water availability for the project. It has been assessed as 155.85 sq. km. and is mainly rain-fed except for relatively small areas on the summits of Dhaula Dhar ranges on the north and north-east with altitude varying from 2441 m to 2772 m above msl, which experiences snow fall during winter. The shape of the catchment above the diversion dam site is like a fan and constitutes the upper catchment of Chakki Khad, which itself is a sub-basin of Beas basin.
In the Plan separate provision for treatment works under free draining catchment, implementation of support infrastructure cost, fuel-wood saving devices, training and extension programmes, mobilization of user-groups, documentation, provision for monitoring and evaluation activities, provision for providing environment services, moisture retentivity interventions, construction of van sarovars and water harvesting structures, wildlife management and biodiversity conservation plan, capacity building, etc., have been made.


4. Assessment of Khair Trees Growing in Non-Forest Lands of Jammu Province, Jammu & Kashmir.

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Jammu & Kashmir has assigned the task of "Assessment of Khair Trees Growing in Non-Forest Lands of Jammu Province" to the tune of Rs. 57.50 Lacs. A Memorandum of Understanding to this effect was signed between the consulting (JKFD) and consultant organization (HFRI) on 18.05.2011. HFRI has taken up this work in close liaison with Forest Survey of India and Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education, Dehra Dun by developing the suitable scientific methodology for above work. Team of Officers, Scientists and field staff of HFRI has taken up the survey work in a time bound manner despite the adverse climatic and other working conditions. During field surveys assistance of frontline field staff of J & K Forest Department, local Nambardars were also taken. Final Report has been accepted and appreciated by the concerned authorities.


5. Redrafting of Catchment Area Treatment (CAT) Plan for Shongtong-Karchham Hydroelectric Project, District Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh.

This consultancy was mainly assigned to HFRI, Shimla by M/S Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited during June 2012 to the tune of Rs. 5.60 lacs. Field studies were taken by the teams of HFRI and related data has been collected and compiled. The draft report has been submitted on 31st July 2012 to the consulting organization with a request to forward the same to DFO, Kinnaur for his perusal and comments. CCF, Rampur has made some suggestions/ comments on the draft report. The suggestions have been incorporated in the Draft CAT Plan, thereafter the same was sent to APCCF (CAT Plan), HPFD for approval. The CAT Plan was duly approved by the PCCF, Himachal Pradesh and ten copies of the Final CAT Plan along with soft copies in CDs stands submitted to the consulting organization.


Pinus gerardiana

Fraxinus xanthoxyloides

Juniperus polycarpos

Quercus ilex

Prunus armeniaca

Betula utilis

Cedrus deodara

Juglens regia

Aesculus indica

Shongtong Nursery

Purbani Nursery

Pangi Nursery

Kananki-I & II

Namgia Nalla

Pirang-Santhang Nalla

Tashiganag I - II

Yokyor I - II


B] CONSULTANCIES IMPLEMENTED IN COLLABORATION WITH ICFRE:

1. Studies on EIA and Preparation of EMP for Renuka Dam HEP, Renuka, District Sirmour (H.P.)

HPPCL (previously known as KKPCL) has assigned the task of taking up studies on EIA and preparation of EMP for Renuka Dam HEP, Renuka, District Sirmour, H.P. to ICFRE during the 2007. ICFRE in collaboration with HFRI and M/ S Mantec Consultants, New Delhi has taken up the above work and completed the assigned task during the year 2009. The studies pertaining to Floristics and Wildlife Management have been taken up by HFRI and chapters on the above aspects have also been compiled and finalized by HFRI.


2. Studies on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Preparation of Environmental Management Plan for Nakthan Hydroelectric Project (400 MW), District Kullu, Himachal Pradesh.

This consultancy was mainly assigned to ICFRE, Dehra Dun by M/ S Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited during February 2010. ICFRE has assigned the task of taking up of studies pertaining to Floristics and Socioeconomic to HFRI, Shimla. On the basis of studies taken up by the team of HFRI, draft/ periodic reports were submitted to EIA Division of ICFRE for finalization and incorporation in the final report.


3. Studies on Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and Preparation of Environment Management Plan for Gyspa Hydroelectric Project (300 MW), District Lahaul-Spiti, Himachal Pradesh.

This consultancy was mainly assigned to ICFRE, Dehra Dun by M/ S Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited during February 2010. ICFRE is taking up this assignment in collaboration with HFRI, Shimla. Data pertaining to socioeconomics were collected during the working season, Field studies pertaining to EIA and EMP taken up during June/ July 2011 and report stands submitted to EM Division of ICFRE. However, the studies have been postponed for the time being, due to some administrative reasons.


4. Studies on Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and Preparation of Environment Management Plan for Thana-Plaun Hydroelectric Project (141 MW), District Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh.

This consultancy was mainly assigned to ICFRE, Dehra Dun by M/ S Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited during February 2010. ICFRE has assigned the task of taking up of studies pertaining to Floristics and Socioeconomic to HFRI, Shimla. On the basis of studies taken up by the team of HFRI, draft/ periodic reports were submitted to EM Division of ICFRE for finalization and incorporation in the final report.


5. Studies on Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and Preparation of Environment Management Plan for Beri-Nichli Hydroelectric Project (78 MW), District Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh.

This consultancy was mainly assigned to ICFRE, Dehra Dun by M/ S Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited during February 2010. ICFRE has assigned the task of taking up of studies pertaining to Floristics and Socioeconomic to HFRI, Shimla. On the basis of studies taken up by the team of HFRI, draft/ periodic reports were submitted to EM Division of ICFRE for finalization and incorporation in the final report.


6. Studies on Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and Preparation of Environment Management Plan for Surgani – Sundla Hydroelectric Project (42 MW), District Chamba, Himachal Pradesh.

This consultancy was mainly assigned to ICFRE, Dehra Dun by M/ S Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited during February 2010. ICFRE has assigned the task of taking up of studies pertaining to Floristics and Socioeconomic to HFRI, Shimla. On the basis of studies taken up by the team of HFRI, draft/ periodic reports were submitted to EM Division of ICFRE for finalization and incorporation in the final report.


7. Preparation of Catchment Area Treatment (CAT) Plan for Kuther Hydroelectric Project, District Chamba, Himachal Pradesh.

This consultancy was mainly assigned to ICFRE, Dehra Dun by M/S Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited during February 2010. ICFRE has assigned the task of taking up of studies pertaining to Floristics and Socioeconomic to HFRI, Shimla. On the basis of studies taken up by the team of HFRI, draft/ periodic reports were submitted to EIA Division of ICFRE for finalization and incorporation in the final report.


8. Cumulative Environment Impact Assessment Studies (CEIAS) for Sutlej Basin in Himachal Pradesh

Directorate of Energy, Government of Himachal Pradesh, Shanti Bhawan, New Shimla, Shimla-171 009 (H.P.) has assigned the task of taking up of studies on "Cumulative Environment Impact Assessment Studies (CEIAS) for Sutlej Basin in Himachal Pradesh" to the tune of Rs. 291.94 lacs. ICFRE has assigned the task of taking up of studies pertaining to Floristics and Socioeconomic to HFRI, Shimla. Along with this, Director, HFRI was also nominated as Local Coordinator of the Project. On the basis of studies taken up by the team of HFRI, draft/ periodic reports were submitted to EM Division of ICFRE for finalization and incorporation in the final report.

 

Latest Updates


A report on stakeholder workshop 2017 organised by HFRI, Shimla.  More »        updated:21.08.2017


A report on training programme on scientific harvesting technique of Chilgoza cones at Rispa, District Kinnaur of Himachal Pradesh organised by HFRI, Shimla. More »        updated:18.08.2017
A report on training programme on scientific harvesting technique of Chilgoza cones at Ribba, District Kinnaur of Himachal Pradesh organised by HFRI, Shimla. More »        updated:18.08.2017
A report on celebration of Independence Day 2017 at HFRI, Shimla. More »        updated:16.08.2017
A report on Swatchata Pakhwara from 15 July to 31 July, 2017 at HFRI, Shimla. More »        updated:09.08.2017
A report on training programme on Planting Stock Improvement and Productivity Enhancement organised by HFRI, Shimla.    More »        updated:24.07.2017
A report on Swatchata Pakhwara from 15 June to 30 June, 2017 at HFRI, Shimla. More »        updated:12.07.2017
A report on celebration of Van- Mahotsav at Western Himalayan Temprate Arboretum of HFRI, Shimla. More »        updated:07.072017  
A report on visit of IFS probationers to Western Himalayan Temprate Arboretum of HFRI, Shimla. More »        updated:22.06.2017
A report on celebration of 3rd International Yoga Day by HFRI, Shimla. More »        updated:22.06.2017
A report on celebration of World Day to Combat Desertification at HFRI, Shimla. More »        updated:22.06.2017
A report on Swatchta Pakhwara at HFRI, Shimla. More »        updated:22.06.2017
A report on Hindi Workshop at HFRI Shimla. More »        updated:17.06.2017
A report on visit of Forest Guards of Forest Training Institute and Ranger College, Sundernagar (HP) to HFRI Shimla. More »        updated:17.06.2017
A report on visit of trainee Forest Range Officers at HFRI, Shimla. More »        updated:02.06.2017
A report on celebration of International Biodiversity Day 2017 at HFRI, Shimla.  More »        updated:23.05.2017
A report on the visit of M.Sc. Zoology- Entomology students and Faculty from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh to   HFRI, Shimla on  1st  April 2017.    More »        updated:05.04.2017
A report on celebration of International Day of Forest at HFRI- Shimla on 21 March, 217.      More....>> 

A report on the visit of high level delegation from Ethiopia to  HFRI, Shimla on 17th March, 2017.     More...>>         updated:20.03.2017


A report on training and Demonstration programme on "Mass production of Kaphal Stock in the Nursery" organised by HFRI, Shimla for the local farmers on 27 February 2017.  More....>>          updated:01.03.2017   

A report on training programme on "Integrated approaches towards sustainable Management of Natural Resorces and Organic Farming for the Farmers of Lanabaka Village, Sirmour" organised at Himalayan Forest Forest Institute, Shimla on 20-21 February, 2017.         More...>>             updated:01.03.2017  


A report on training programme on "Integrated Pest Management in Forestry and Control of Insect- pests & Diseases in Medicinal Plants" organised by HFRI, Shimla on 16-18 February, 2017.     More...>>    updated:27.02.2017


A report on the celebration of Kisan Mela organised by HFRI, Shimla on 20 February, 2017.     More...>>    updated:22.02.2017

A report on the celebration of National Productivity Week- 2017 from 12-18 February, 2017 at HFRI, Shimla.   More...>>    updated:22.02.2017

A report on the visit of B.Sc. Forensic Science students and Faculty from Jain University, J.C. Branch, Bengaluru to   HFRI, Shimla on  10th  Feb. 2017.    More »        updated:13.02.2017


A report on the Training on Seed and Nursery Techniques of Juniper, Conifers and High Altitude Medicinal Plants organized by   HFRI, Shimla at Nogli, Rampur, Shimla from  02nd - 04th  Feb., 2017.      More »        updated:09.02.2017     


A report on the Training on Biodiversity Assessment, Monitoring and Conservation organized by   Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla from  30th Jan. to 01st Feb., 2017.     More »   updated:07.02.2017     


A report on  the celebration of Republic Day at  Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla on 26th January, 2017.    More »   updated:01.02.2017
A report on  training programme on "Eco- Restoration of Wastelands" organised by  Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla on 15-17 December, 2016. 
  More »     updated:20.12.2016

A report on  celebration of International Mountain Day on December 11, 2016 at Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla.     More »           updated: 14.12.2016


A report on three days training programme on the Management of Insect- Pest and Diseases in the Nursery from 06-08 December, 2016 at HFRI, Shimla.      More.......      
updated: 13.12.2016

A report on visit of B.Sc. Forestry  Students and Faculty from Forest College and Research Institute, Mettupalayam, Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, Coimbatore to HFRI, Shimla on 07th  December
2016.       
updated: 09.12.2016

 
A report on training programme on "Cultivation of Atish, Van kakri, Chora and other important temprate medicinal plants" under NMPB funded project held at Bhalla, Doda , Jammu (J&K) on 29.11.2016.    More...........              updated: 06.12.2016

Training Report on “Capacity Building Programme for the Frontline Field Staff of HP State Forest Department” held at Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla,from 22.11.2016 to 24.11.2016.      More.........           updated: 30.11.2016


A report on celebration of 125th anniversary of Dr. BR Ambedkar.  More.........HFRI: 30.11.2016
A National Conference on “Forestry in India: Current Challenges and Future Prospects” was organized by the Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla during 15th -18th November 2016.More.........HFRI: 23.11.2016

A report on Celebration of Vigilance Week 2016  ( 31st October to 05th November, 2016) at HFRI Shimla.   More.........HFRI: 11.11.2016


A report on training & demonstration programme on "Sustainable utilisation, conservation and cultivation of medicinal plants" at HFRI Shimla.   More.........HFRI: 19.10.2016
A report on XVIIIth  Research Advisory Group Meeting held on October7, 2016. More.......HFRI: 18.10.2016
A report of visit of students and faculty of Brathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu to Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla on 30 September, 2016.   More..........HFRI: 03.10.2016
A report on two days training programme on "Silvicultural and Genetics Aspects of Forest Management" organised by Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla for senior officers of HP State Forest Department on 28-29 September, 2016.     More.............. HFRI: 01.10.2016
A report on celebration of Hindi Pakhwara from 14-09-2016 to 28-09-2016 at Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla.    More............    HFRI: 29.09.2016
A Report on the visit of a  team from U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to Himalayan Forest Research Institute,  Shimla  on 19th September,  2016.         More...........        HFRI: 27.09.2016
A report on the one day stakeholders workshop on Identification and Prioritization of Forestry Research needs organised by Himalayan Forest Research Institute Shimla on 16-09-2016 

               HFRI:23.09.2016

A report on five days Training Programme on "Bamboo Production, Management and Marketing" to the farmers under Bamboo Technical Support Group(BTSG) Scheme of National Bamboo Mission at HFRI Shimla on 05-09-2016 to 09-09-2016
More........   HFRI:14.09.2016

A report on three days Training Programme on Ecological and Biological Control of Insects including Butterflies in Forest Ecosystem at HFRI Shimla on 29-08-2016 to 31-08-2016
More........   HFRI:5.09.2016

A report on the celebration of 67th Van Mahotsava-2016 at Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla on 22th July, 2016      More........   HFRI:25.07.2016


A report on the visit of Department-Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science & Technology, Environment & Forest to Himachal Pradesh on 10-06-2016 to 11-06-2016     More...........    HFRI:22.06.2016

A report on the visit of Academic Audit Team to HFRI, Shimla  on 16-06-2016 to 18-06-2016     More...........   HFRI:22.06.2016


Celebration of International Yoga Day at HFRI, Shimla     More..........     HFRI:22-06-2016


 Visit of Director General, Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education, Dehradun to HFRI, Shimla       more.........


Celebration of International Day for Biological Diversity at HFRI, Shimla     More..........    HFRI:26-05-2016

Training Calendar for Year 2016-17 at HFRI, Shimla     More...........


 
A report on the celebration of Earth Day at HFRI, Shimla  on 22-04-2016     More...........   HFRI:25.04.2016

 A report on the Management of Insect-Pest and Diseases of Juniper: A One Day Training Conducted at Reckongpeo,  Kinnaur, H.P. organized by HFRI, Shimla   on 10-03-2016     More...........    HFRI:15.03.2016

A report on the Cultivation of Himalayan Medicinal Plants: A Camp Workshop conducted under NMPB funded project at Nichar, Kinnaur (H.P.) organized by HFRI, Shimla   on 11-03-2016     More...........    HFRI:15.03.2016


A report on the three days Training Programme  Eco-restoration of Wastelands from 02nd to 04th March, 2016  organized by HFRI, Shimla   More.............      HFRI: 08.03.2016


A report on the three days Training on Capacity Building Programme for the Frontline Field Staff of Himachal Pradesh Forest Department from 24th  to 26th February,  2016 organized by HFRI, Shimla   More.............      HFRI: 03.03.2016


A Report on the Training Programme under NMPB funded project on "Cultivation of Atish, Ban Kakri, Chora and other Important Temperate High Valued Medicinal Plants" organized by Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla held at Bhutti, Shimla (HP) on 17.02.2016.     More......


A report on One Day Training Programme on “Water Conservation, Sanitation, Hygiene and Organics“ for the Farmers of Lanabanka Village, Sirmour Organised at HFRI, Shimla on 16th February, 2016       More........

 A Report on Interactive Meeting under NMPB Funded Project, “Biological Control of Thysanoplusia orichalcea (F.) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) : A Potential Insect-Pest of  Saussurea costus in North-Western Himalayas and Extension of Protection Technology to Local Communities” organised by Himalayan Forest Research Shimla, held at Kishtwar, Jammu & Kashmir on 4th February 2016 .      More........


A Report on the Training Programme under NMPB funded project on "Cultivation of Atish, Ban Kakri, Chora and other Important High Valued Temperate Medicinal Plants" organised by Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla held at Bhadarwah, Jammu (J & K) on 04.02.2016.        More>>


A report on Republic Day celebration at HFRI, Shimla. More>>


The Book Titled "Forest Insect Pest and Disease Management in Northwest Himalayas" is available for sale. Please contact Dr. RK Verma, Officer-in-Charge, Library.      Email: vermaraj@icfre.org  Phone No. 0177-2816110. More>>  


A report on Rajbhasha Hindi Purskar. More>> 


A report on the “Training on Biological Control of Insect-pests and Diseases in Medicinal Plants” organised by Himalayan Forest Research Institute on 12th December, 2015 at SFRI Jammu. More>> 


A report on Signing of MOU between Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla and St. Bedes College on 09.12.2015 . More>>


A report on Celebration of “Vigilance Awareness Week at Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla” from  26th October-31st October 2015. More>>


A Report on the Training Programme on "Cultivation of Medicinal Plants" funded by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and organized by HFRI, Shimla, from 19.10.2015 to 21.10 2015 at Manali, District Kullu (H. P.)      More>>  


A REPORT ON THE VISIT OF DEPARTMENT RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, ENVIRONMENT & FORESTS TO HFRI, SHIMLA ON 15TH OCTOBER, 2015.  More»
 

A report on the celebration of Hindi Pakhwara at Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla from  14th to 28th September, 2015.  More»

A Report on the Training Programme under NMPB Funded project on 'Cultivation of Atish, Ban Kakri and other important temperate medicinal plants' held at Udaipur, Lahaul (H.P.) organized by  HFRI, Shimla on  26th Sept., 2015.  More»


report on visit of Students of M.Sc. (Environmental Science), Allahabad University to HFRI, Shimla on 22nd September 2015More»


A report on the Visit of Director General (ICFRE) at HFRI Shimla on dated 22-24 Sept. 2015. More»


A report on the Training programme for personal of other Services on Planting stock improvement for Productivity Enhancement at HFRI Shimla on 7 to 9 Sep 2015. More»


A report on the celebration of 69th Independence Day at Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla on 15th August, 2015. More»


A report on the celebration of 66th Van Mahotsava-2015 at Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla on 14th August, 2015. More»


A Report on the Meeting-cum-Camp Workshop under NMPB Funded project on "Cultivation of Atish and Ban Kakri"  held at Nichar, Kinnaur (H.P.) on 12.08.2015 organized by HFRI, Shimla.  More »


A report on the Celebration of World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) at Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla on 17th June, 2015.  More »


A report on the Celebration of World Environment Day by Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla on 05th June, 2015. More »


A report on the Celebration of International Day for Biological Diversity by Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla on 22nd May, 2015. More »


A report on the Training & Demonstration Programme on "Cultivation of Medicinal Plants" for other stakeholders held at Bushehar Sadan, Rampur (Distt. Shimla, H.P.)  on 20 to 22, March, 2015. More »


A report on the visit of high level delegation from Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, Government of Nepal to Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla on 28th February, 2015. More »


A  report on the one day Training organized by HFRI, Shimla on Cultivation of Atish, Ban Kakri, Chora and other high valued temperate Medicinal plants  on 11th February, 2015 at Shaneri, Rampur, Shimla.  More »


A report on the celebration of Republic Day at HFRI, Shimla on 26th January, 2015. More »


Visit of Director General, ICFRE  to HFRI, Shimla on 12th January, 2015. More »


A report on One day Workshop cum Demonstration of E-Procurement Process organized on 22nd December, 2014. More »


A report on the XVIth Research Advisory Group Meeting held on 14th November, 2014. More »


A report on the celebration of World Science Day for Peace and Development on 10th November, 2014. More »


A report on the celebration of Vigilance Week from 27th October to 01st November, 2014. More »



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Dr. VP Tewari, Director
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