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Environmental Conservation in Western Himalayas

Sustainable Management of Spruce and Silver Fir Forests by: R.V. Singh

The book deals with silviculture and the management of spruce and silver fir forests in western Himalayas, along with the history of artificial regeneration methods developed and implemented, the detrimental factors that affect regeneration, and effectiveness of dedicated efforts undertaken so far.



ISBN: 9788124609026
Year Of Publication: 2018
Edition: 1st
Pages : xvii, 122
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 350


Spruce and silver fir forests play a quintessential role in environmental conservation in the eco-sensitive zone of western Himalayas forming catchment areas of many important rivers originating from and flowing through these mountainous areas. Working these forests under different silvicultural systems tried to develop suitable silvicultural treatment for these forests did not prove satisfactory, and appropriate silvicultural and management practices remain to be developed.
Overexploitation of these forests in several areas resulted in serious soil erosion and environmental problems. Sustainable management of spruce and silver fir forests is critical for environmental conservation in this region.
The book deals with past management of spruce and silver fir forests in western Himalayas, problems in regenerating these forests and artificial regeneration methods developed and adopted. It also vividly analyses the impacts of different management practices on the effectiveness of these forests in environmental conservation. The book should enthuse environmental conservationists, nature lovers and researchers interested in the study of the Himalayas.


List of Tables
Chapter 1: Introduction
1.1 Spruce and Silver Fir Forests
1.2 Importance in Environmental Conservation
1.3 Past Management Practices and Results
1.4 Inappropriate Management Practices Resulted in Environmental Disaster
1.5 Need for Sustainable Management
Chapter 2: Spruce and Silver Fir Forests
2.1 Spruce and Silver Fir Forests in India
2.2 Distribution of Spruce and Silver Fir Forests
2.3 Forest Types
2.4 Ecological Status of Spruce and Silver Fir Forests
2.5 Succession in Spruce and Silver Fir Forests
2.6 Area in Different States
2.7 Growing Stock
Chapter 3: Silviculture and Management
3.1 Silvicultural Requirements of Spruce & Silver Fir
3.2 Beginning of Management of Spruce and Silver Fir Forests
3.3 Need for Different Silvicultural Systems
3.4 Changes in Silvicultural System to Suit Mechanized Logging Operations
3.5 Presently Practised Silvicultural Systems
3.6 Results of Working under Different Silvicultural Systems
3.7 Past Experience and Possible Silvicultural Systems for Future Management
Chapter 4: Natural Regeneration
4.1 Status of Natural Regeneration
4.2 Factors Affecting Natural Regeneration
Chapter 5: Artificial Regeneration
5.1 Need for Artificial Regeneration
5.2 Seed Collection and Storage
5.3 Nursery Technology
5.4 Plantation Technology
5.5 Aftercare of Plantations
5.6 Performance of Plantations
Chapter 6: Damaging Agents
6.1 Biotic Factors
6.2 Climatic Factors
6.3 Faulty Management Practices
6.4 Pests and Diseases
Chapter 7: Role of Spruce and Silver Fir Forests in Environmental Conservation
7.1 Soil Conservation
7.2 Water Conservation
7.3 Microclimate
7.4 Carbon Sequestration
7.5 Biodiversity Conservation
7.6 Factors affecting Effectiveness in Environmental Conservation

Meet the Author
Prof. R.V. Singh, M.Sc. (Agronomy), PhD retired as Director General, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education. As a member of Indian Forest Service, he served in different capacities in the forest service and also as Professor of Forestry, H.P. University; Coordinator, Conifer Research Centre, Shimla; and President, Forest Research Institute, Dehra Dun. He has a long stint of forestry research both in states and in Government of India. After retirement, he has been working as a forestry consultant. He has a number of forestry-related publications to his credit including seven books and more than 100 technical papers.
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