Projects

A) Completed Projects:

Project 1 :  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 2 :  Introduction and Performance Trial of Paulownia Species for Agroforestry in Different Agro-Climatic Zones of Himachal Pradesh.

Project 3 :  Diagnostic Survey & Appraisal of Existing Agroforestry Systems in Mid and High Hills of Himachal Pradesh.

Project 4 :  Diagnostic Study of Indigenous and Institutionalized Participatory Forest Management in Himachal Pradesh.

Project 5:  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 6 :  Introduction and performance trials of Gmelina arborea for Agroforestry in Lower Hills of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.

Project 7 :  Promotion of Medicinal Plants Cultivation among Rural Communities for Sustainable Income Generation.

Project 8    Stocks, and Dynamics in Forest Soils of India” with special reference to Forest Types of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir’.

Project 9 :  Development of Ecologically Viable and Socio-economically Acceptable integrated Models for Arresting Willow (Salix spp.) Mortality in Lahaul Valley of Himachal Pradesh.

Project 10 :  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 11 :  An Ecological Assessment of Floristic Diversity in Hemis High Altitude National Park, Ladakh, Jammu &Kashmir.

Project 12:  Ecological Assessment, Collection, Multiplication and Establishment of Clonal Banks of the Superior Genotypes of Economically Important Hill Bamboos (Arundinaria spp.) in Himachal Pradesh.

Project 13:  Ecological Assessment of Floristic Diversity in Kalatop-Khajjiar Wildlife Sanctuary of District Chamba, Himachal Pradesh.

Project 14 :  Ecological Assessment of Forest Areas Falling under Kol Dam Hydroelectric Project in Bilaspur District of Himachal Pradesh.

Project 15 :  Studies on Plant Diversity in Cold Deserts of District Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh.

Project 16 :  Studies on Plant Diversity of Rakchham-Chitkul Wildlife Sanctuary of District Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh.

Project 17 :  Management of Insect Borer Complex in Chir-Pine Forests.

Project 18 :  Survey, Biology and Control of Insect-Pests of Important Medicinal Plants in Himachal Pradesh.

Project 19 :  Survey and Bio-ecology of Potential Insect-Pests and Pathogens of Cone and Seeds of Pinus gerardiana Wall.

Project 20 :  Taxonomy, Biodiversity and Habitat Association of Noctuid Moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in various Conifer Forests of Himachal Pradesh’.

Project 21 :  Development of suitable model for intercropping of commercially important medicinal plants with horticultural plantations in the temperate region of Himachal Pradesh.

Project 22 :  Promotion of Medicinal Plants Cultivation among Rural Communities for Sustainable Income Generation.

Project 23 :  Identification of superior chemotypes and ex-situ conservation of Podophyllum hexandrum Royle form Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir (Ladakh Valley) (Plan Project)

Project 24 :  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 25 :  Studies on natural regeneration of Pinus gerardiana Wall. In Himachal Pradesh.

Project 26 :  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 27 :  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 28 :  Assessment of nutritional status of most preferred wild edible plants of Kinnaur district, Himachal Pradesh.

Project 29 :  Assessment of optimum harvest limits of Picrorhiza kurroa and Valeriana jatamansi in Himachal Pradesh.

Project 30 :  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 31 :  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 32 :  Suitability of Jatropha curcas L. Seed Sources in Lower and Mid Himalayan Regions of Himachal Pradesh (DBT, New Delhi funded project).

Project 33 :  Field Evaluation of Superior Accessions of Jatropha curcas under Micro-mission Programme in Himachal Pradesh (DBT, New Delhi funded project).

Project 34 :  Setting up 100 hectare demonstration plot in Himachal Pradesh and production of elite planting material of Dendrocalamus hamiltonii (Funding Agency: DBT, New Delhi).

Project 35 :  Population genetic analysis and characterization of Cedrus deodara germplasm through DNA based markers.

Project 36 :  Planting Stock Improvement Programme in Cedrus deodara.

Project 37 :  Allozyme variation in natural populations of deodar (Cedrus deodara).

Project 38 :  Determination of Morphological and Physiological quality Parameters of Nursery Stock of Deodar (Cedrus deodara) and Ban oak (Quercus leucotrichophora).

Project 39 :  Developing efficient methods for preparation of compost from different locally available raw materials in different eco-climatic zones.

Project 40 :  Development of Techniques for Raising Deodar (Cedrus deodara) Plantations through Tall Plants.

Project 41 :  Productivity enhancement through selection of superior clones of Dalbergia sissoo.

Project 42 :  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 43 :  Standardization of methodology for collection of seed, its handling, storage, testing and certification of seeds of important tree species of HP.

Project 44 :  Standardization of nursery technology for mass propagation of selected medicinal plant species. 

Project 45Bio- ecological studies on Ectropis deodarae Prout.(Lepidoptera: Geometridae), A Pest of Deodar in the Westeran Himalayas. 
Project 46Development of Model for Integrated Pest Management with special reference to Cedrus deodara (Roxb.)G. Don.
Project 47Screening 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 48Survey, Biology  and Control of Important Insect-Pests of Medicinal Plants of Himachal Pradesh.   
Project 49Management of Insect Borer Complex in Chir-Pine Forest.
Project 50Study on potential Insect-pests and pathogens of cone and seeds of Pinus gerardiana Wall.   

Project 51Management of Insect- pests and pathogens of seeds of Pinus gerardiana Wall. In storage.

Project 52Productivity enhancement through selection of superior clones of Dalbergia sissoo (PSIP)

Project 53Study on the influence of Climate and Biomics of Pityogenes scitus Blanford (Coleoptera: Scolytidae) in Himachal Pradesh.

Project 54Biology 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 55Taxonomy, Biodiversity and Habitat Association of Noctuidae Moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae ) in various conifer forests of Himachal Pradesh.

Project 56Taxonomy and molecular analysis (through RAPD- PCR) of moths (Lepidoptera) of Cold Deserts (Spiti and Leh) of Indian Himalayas.

Project 57Assesment of Carbon Stock in Forest Type of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

Project 58Determination 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 59Production of quality planting material of Aconitum hererophyllum Wall. ex Royle, Podophyllum hexandrum Royle & Angelica glauca Edgew and extension of their cultivation technology to local communities (NMPB, New Delhi). 

Project 60 : 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).

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

Project 8 :  National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) conservation project.

Project 9 :  Survey and mapping of ashtvarga groups of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAP’s) in Himachal Pradesh.

Project 10 :  Centrally sponsored scheme of national mission on medicinal plants- Establishment of Small Nursery at Field Research Station (FRS) Brundhar, Jagatsukh Kullu (H.P.)

Project 11 :  Isozyme variation in natural populations of Pinus gerardiana (Neoza Pine)

Project 12 :  Studies on seed germination and longevity of Abies spectabilis (D.Don) Spach.

Project 13 :  Population genetic analysis of Himalayan Banj Oak (Quercus leucotrichophora) forests and its pertinence to genetic conservation.

Project 14 :  Identification of distinct traits for DUS for conifers (PPV& FRA, New Delhi).

Project 15 :  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 16Studies on changing forest insects- pests status  of  high altitude transitional zones and their  management in Himachal Pradesh.
Project 17 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 18 Bio- diversity, Habitat Associations and GIS Mapping Noctuid Moths (Lepidpotera: Noctuidae) of Chir Pine Forest of Jammu Province (Jammu & Kashmir), India.
Project 19 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 20 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 Constitution Day Celebration at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 29.11.2022
A Report on Education/ Industrial Exposure visit of BSc Forestry students from FCRI Hyderabad. updated: 29.11.2022
A Report on Krishak Mela organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 21.11.2022
A Report on visit of the members of Shimla Amateur Garden & Environment Society (SAGES) to Western Himalayan Temperate Arboretum (WHTA), Potters Hill, Shimla. updated: 10.11.2022
A Report on Workshop on improving Research Writing held at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 10.11.2022
A Report on Vigilance Week 2022 held at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 10.11.2022
A Report on Fit India Freedom Run 3 organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 03.11.2022
A Report on Rashtriy Ekta Diwas organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 03.11.2022
A Report on Fit India Freedom Run organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 21.10.2022
A Report on Diwali Utsav Mela Exhibition of Products of (SHGs) at Ridge, Shimla. updated: 20.10.2022
A Report on visit of Gen-Next Democracy Network Programme Delegates to HFRI, Shimla. updated: 20.10.2022
A Report on Gandhi Jayanti organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 06.10.2022
A Report on DG ICFRE visit to Himachal Pradesh. updated: 27.09.2022
A Report on Exposure visit of DV Badagaon Villagers. updated: 27.09.2022
A Report on Kisan Mela at Longni Dharampur organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 22.09.2022
A Report on Himalayan Day Celebration at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 16.09.2022
A Report on Hindi Diwas Celebration at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 16.09.2022
A Report on Prakriti Program held at Seema College, Rohru  by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 13.09.2022
A Report on Training Program held at Divisional Forest Office Kargil by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 06.09.2022
A Report on Training Program held at VVK Leh by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 23.08.2022
A Report on awareness programme on Parthenium hysterophorous at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 23.08.2022
A Report on Independence Day Celebration at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 16.08.2022
A Report on Camp Workshop at Badagaon organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 16.08.2022
A Report on Van Mahotsav 2022 under AKAM. updated: 10.08.2022
A Report on Prakriti Programme organized at Serkong Public School Tabo, Lahaul & Spiti HP. updated: 01.08.2022
A Report on Prakriti Programme organised by GSSS, Beolia Shimla HP. updated: 28.07.2022
A Report on tour of National Youth Environment Parliament to HFRI Shimla. updated: 28.07.2022
A Report on Awareness and Nursery Techniques of Juniper Polycarpos. updated: 26.07.2022
A Report Prakriti Programme organised at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Choglamsar, Leh. updated: 26.07.2022
A Report on Rajbhasha Hindi Inspection. updated: 20.07.2022
A Training Report on awareness and livelihood of Bamboo by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 18.07.2022
A Report on Regional Research Conference at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 30.06.2022
A Report on International Yoga Day at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 28.06.2022
A Report on World Environment Day organised by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 10.06.2022
HFRI Newsletter Vol-1 No-1. updated: 19.05.2022
Information regarding availability of Quality Bamboo Seedlings of Lathi Bans (Dendrocalamus strictus) for sale at Small Bamboo Nursery Nalagarh. updated: 13.05.2022
A Report on International Yoga Day Countdown at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 10.05.2022
A Report on conservation and awareness programme on medicinal plants held on 21.04.2022 at Moolkoti panchayat, Mashobra , Shimla. updated: 26.04.2022
A Report on Educational Visit of B.Sc. Agriculture Students of University of Agriculture Sciences, Riachur, Karnataka on 18.04.2022 at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 26.04.2022
A Report on Educational Visit of B.Sc. Agriculture Students of University of Agriculture Sciences, Riachur, Karnataka on 20.04.2022 at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 26.04.2022
A Report on International Day of forests at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 29.03.2022
A Report on one day training on forest fires organised by HFRI Shimla.   updated: 24.03.2022
A Report on one day training Programme for Shilaroo and Kot Villegers organised by HFRI Shimla.   updated: 21.02.2022
A Report on one day training Programme for Badagaon Villegers organised by HFRI Shimla.   updated: 21.02.2022
A Report on Bamboo Plantation near Badagaon Shimla.   updated: 19.01.2022
A Report on Webinar on Guidelines and Procedures for Clone/Variety release of Forestry Species at HFRI Shimla.   updated: 13.01.2022
A Report on Good Governance Week celebration at HFRI Shimla.   updated: 05.01.2022
A Report on Awareness program for conservation and rejuvenation of Rivers at HFRI.   updated: 14.12.2021
A Report on International Mountain Day celebration.   updated: 14.12.2021
Training Report of one day Workshop on conservation and sustainable management of Pinus Gerardiana held at Urni, Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.   updated: 02.12.2021
Training Report of one day Workshop on conservation and sustainable management of Pinus Gerardiana held at Barang, Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.   updated: 02.12.2021
Training Report of one day Workshop on conservation and sustainable management of Pinus Gerardiana held at Pangi, Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.   updated: 02.12.2021
Training Report of one day Workshop on conservation and sustainable management of Pinus Gerardiana held at Kalpa, Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.   updated: 02.12.2021

A Report on visit of BSc. Forestry students Hyderabad at HFRI.   updated: 01.12.2021
A Report on Constitution Day 2021 celebration at HFRI.   updated: 01.12.2021
A Report on Communal Harmony Rally at HFRI.   updated: 01.12.2021
A Report on RFO trainee visit from Haldwani at HFRI.   updated: 01.12.2021
A Report on Aazadi ka Amrut Mahotsav-'Importance of Agroforestry' organized by HFRI, Shimla.  updated: 24.11.2021
A Report on Aazadi ka Amrut Mahotsav-'Celebration of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas' organized by HFRI, Shimla.  updated: 05.11.2021
A Report on Aazadi ka Amrut Mahotsav-'Environment Awareness Programme for Villagers' organized by HFRI, Shimla.  updated: 18.10.2021
A Report on Awareness Programme and rally on no to single use plastic organized by HFRI. updated: 12.10.2021
A Report on Ozone Day celebration at HFRI.   updated: 22.09.2021
A Report on Himalayan Day celebration at HFRI.   updated: 15.09.2021
MoU between Himalayan Forest Research Institute and Career Point University. updated: 03.09.2021
A Report on Aazadi ka Amrut Mahotsav-'Environment Awareness Programme for Villagers' organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 02.09.2021
A Report on Awareness Programme on Parthenium Histeroforus organized by HFRI. updated: 26.08.2021
Report on 75th Independence Day celebration at HFRI. updated: 26.08.2021
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A Report on International Day of forests at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 25.03.2021
Training Report on Nursery and Propagation Techniques of Trillium Govanianum (Nagchhatri) held at Rampur Shimla. updated: 19.03.2021
Proceeding of Monthly Seminar held on 26 February 2021. updated: 09.03.2021
MoU between Himalayan Forest Research Institute and Himachal Pradesh Forest Department  updated: 08.03.2021
Proceedings of Monthly Seminar held on 29 January 2021. updated: 12.02.2021
A Report on Republic Day 2021 Celebration at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 01.02.2021
A Report on release of State REDD+ Action Plan for Himachal Pradesh. updated: 07.01.2021
Proceeding of Monthly Seminar held on 29 December 2020. updated: 05.01.2021
Training Report on Propagation and Modern Nursery Techniques of Pinus Gerardina and Ribes Spp. updated: 24.12.2020 %

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