Government of India has given nod to set up a Forest Range Officers Training Institute at Sundernagar in Mandi district. This will be second such Institute of its kind in North India after Haldwani in Uttrakhand. This Institute would also facilitate the training for forest officers of adjoining States like Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi.
There are only four Forest Range Officers Training Institute in the country and this will be the fifth State for having such premier institute. Himachal Pradesh is a leading State in the field of forestry and 66 percent of land was under forest cover out of total geographical area of the State.