Thrust Areas The main thrust areas of the Institute are : Development of nursery techniques of various species to get quality planting stock for rehabilitation of degraded areas. Identification of sources of quality seed and planting material of various species and establishment of seed orchards. Eco-restoration of cold desert areas and management of alpine pasture lands. Rehabilitation of mined areas. Development of integrated pest management and disease control models In situ and ex situ conservation of non wood forest produces. Efforts on extension of Agroforestry in Himachal. Creation of conservation awareness and dissemination of research findings to various target groups.