The Himalayan evergreen oak is an endangered tree in Northern India. The reasons for its decline are varied, the population explosion and probably global warming and deforestation all play a role in its decline. Another reason is the widespread aggressive pruning of the oaks for use as cattle feed and firewood by the local population. This results in the oaks not bearing any acorns hence there are no new trees coming up in these areas. In addition, whenever a landslide occurs (quite frequent in the monsoons) or an oak falls due to erosion washing away the soil from most of its roots, it is seen as a windfall and is quickly chopped up and consumed or sold as firewood . Nothing however is planted to replace it. This oak is a slow grower and takes decades to grow into a tall tree.
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