Forest Research Institute
pressure and the increasing associated needs have put the forests
under high stress. The habitats for various species are not
only being degraded but are also being fragmented and lost.
Over exploitation of forests resources coupled with other biotic
pressures on the forests generally result in failure of natural
regeneration of various species. Failure of satisfactory
natural regeneration of Silver Fir and Spruce forests in western
Himalayas - the species extensively used in the past for making
packing cases for horticulture crops - has been a cause of great
concern to both the foresters and the users alike.
Forest Research Institute (HFRI), Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 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 by starting functioning from
a single room in "Kennedy House" and
later with the increased research activities of this centre, an
independent building "Press Villa" near U.S. club was
allotted to it during 1978.
the time of reorganization forestry research in ICFRE during 1998
Govt. of India appreciated the problems of Temperate Eco-system and
decided to develop this centre in to a full-fledged research
institute. The mandate of this centre has also been enlarged
to cater to forestry research, needs pertaining to
eco-rehabilitation of Cold Deserts of mined areas and regeneration
of Coniferous and broad-leaved forests, besides activities on
management practices including insect-pests management in temperate
forests and in alpine areas too. Popularization of
agroforestry and other related extension activities has also
included in its mandate. This centre has now been
re-designated as Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla w.e.f.
8th September, 1998 and is a regional research institute of ICFRE
with an area of responsibilities extending to the states of Himachal