A seminar on “Issues and Challenges for Reorienting Silviculture” was organized by Silviculture
& Forest Management Division of Forest Research Institute on 15.11.2018. The seminar
focused on current challenges of silviculture and forest management of the country. Dr. Dinesh
Kumar, Scientist-G, Silviculture & Forest Management Division welcomed the participants and
briefed about the seminar. Ms. Arti Chaudhary, Head, Silviculture and Forest Management
Division of FRI gave the brief about the activities of the Division. She highlighted the past
achievements in Silviculture like development of seed and nursery techniques of various forestry
species, volume tables, forest fires, regeneration of forests etc. Dr. Savita, Director, FRI
addressed the participants and emphasized on the need for reorienting the issues and challenges
thrown by climate change and shift of focus from production of forestry to conservation forestry.
She highlighted the low productivity of forest in India as compared to world forests and the
dependency of most of the people on the forest directly and indirectly. Dr. S.D. Sharma, DDG
(Research), ICFRE gave the key note address of the seminar highlighting various issues related
to forest management like status of export and import of timber, degradation of forests,
decreasing productivity of the forests, problems related to forest fires, Role of Forest Policies and
Acts, Skill development for tribal people and man-animal conflicts.
The participants from Punjab, Haryana and Uttarakhand Forest Departments, National
Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee, WIMCO, Century Pulp and Paper LTD, Lalkuan and
Representative from Bagwan Gram Udyog Samiti, Dehradun were invited in the seminar for
discussions on the current challenges and issues of Silviculture. All Heads of Divisions of FRI,
Senior Scientists and officers also attended the Seminar. The issues discussed in the seminar
included impact of Climate Change on Phenology of plants and reorientation Silviculture
activities, Water Harvesting for ground water recharge for Managing the Forests for Water,
Biodiversity Conservation, People Participation in Forest Management, Livelihood Issues for
Fringed People, Development of nurseries and plantation techniques for the rare and endangered
species (tree and shrubs) which are useful for the community and lesser known to forest the
departments, Agro-forestry research, new perspectives in silviculture research and demand and
supply situation of raw materials for wood based industries etc.
Dr. Manisha Thapliyal, Scientist-F, Silviculture & Forest Management Division proposed
the formal vote of thanks at the conclusion of the seminar.