Ecological status and uses of juniper species in the cold desert environment of the Lahaul valley, North-western Himalaya, India

  title={Ecological status and uses of juniper species in the cold desert environment of the Lahaul valley, North-western Himalaya, India},
  author={Yashwant Singh Rawat and Colin S. Everson},
  journal={Journal of Mountain Science},
  • Y. Rawat, C. Everson
  • Published 22 September 2012
  • Environmental Science
  • Journal of Mountain Science
The juniper species Juniperus polycarpos C. Koch, J. indica Bertol. and J. communis L. var. saxatilis (Pallas) are important elements of the forest vegetation in Lahaul valley in the north-western Himalaya. Their ability to grow under the barren and xeric conditions of cold deserts makes them particularly suited for afforestation programmes under these ecological conditions. In the Lahaul valley, juniper species are used as subsistence resources and for religious purposes. Excessive removal of… 
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