An Ethno-Botanical Overview of Oak: A Multipurpose Wild Tree Species of the PirPanjal Himalayas
Jazib MJ* and Rather SA
Environmental Sciences, Govt. Degree College Thannamandi (Rajouri), J&K, India
- *Corresponding Author:
- Jazib MJ
Assistant Professor, Environmental Sciences
Govt. Degree College Thannamandi (Rajouri), J&K, India
Received date: March 22, 2014; Accepted date: March 31, 2015; Published date: April 01, 2015
Citation: Jazib MJ, Rather SA (2015) An Ethno-Botanical Overview of Oak: A Multipurpose Wild Tree Species of the PirPanjal Himalayas. Forest Res 4:140. doi:10.4172/2168-9776.1000140
Copyright: © 2015 Jazib MJ, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Oak is a very important tree species of the temperate broadleaved Himalayan forests. It is valued for a multitude of benefits reaped by the locals in the PirPanjal Himalayas. In the traditional agro-pastoral setup, the locals’ socio-economic engagements greatly rely on this tree. Quercus leucotrichophora and Q. floribunda are the two dominant species growing wild in the region. An attempt is made in the present study to investigate and expose the type and extent of the role played by this tree in the livelihoods of rural populations. Certain factors responsible for regular shrinkage of oak forests in the area have also been assessed briefly.