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Trees trek higher, eat into Bedini Bugyal

Daily Pioneer, June 11, 2010
Paritosh Kimothi | Dehradun

Though climatic change is associated more with the fast-melting glaciers in the Himalayas, some of the high-altitude alpine meadows or bugyals of Uttarakhand also seem to have been affected by the global climatic changes. A study being conducted by the Forest Research Institute (FRI) in collaboration with Space Application Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad, has found that the famous Bedini Bugyal in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve is being encroached upon by different tree species resulting in the timber line extending to a higher altitude. Though the cause of this alteration is still in the process of being validated scientifically, climatic change appears to be the most likely reason for the extension of the timber line to a higher altitude and into the bugyal. [more]