Forest Management in Narendra Shah Period

Forest Management in Narendra Shah Period

History of Tehri King Narendra Shah -26

History of Tehri Kingdom (Tehri and Uttarkashi Garhwal) from 1815 –1948- 218

History of Uttarakhand (Garhwal, Kumaon and Haridwar) – 1465

By: Bhishma Kukreti (History Student)

Forest department was cash cow . Narendra Shah paid maximum attention on Forest management.  Narendra Shah sent a couple of young men to Forest research Institute Dehradun for studying Forest management and later on appointed them in Tehri state Forest department.  Narendra Shah also sent young men to France and Germany for high education in Forest Management. Narendra Shah called a German forest expert Husky for preparing projects (2). By those efforts, officials also started taking interest in improving forest management. Narendra Shah sent a MSc passed boy Padma Datt Raturi to England for further studies on Forest conservation. Padma Datt Raturi returned in India on 18th July 1926. Narendra Shah appointed Padma Datt Raturi as head of Forest department.

Getting back Thadiyar forests- Thadiyar (Ravain)  forest were dense Cedar forests and were spread in many square kilo metres. The region was potential cash cow .British too that region on lease in Bhavani Shah period.  By efforts of Diwan Bhavani Datt, Tehri Riyasat got back those renges of forests back and the deal  fetched good income for Riyasat.


1-Dabral S., Tehri Garhwal Rajya ka Itihas Bhag 2 (new edition), Veer Gatha Press, Dogadda, (1999) page 22

2-Bhakta Darshan , Garhwal ki Divangat Vibhutiyan p 329

3- Garhwali , 24th July 1926

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