In the early 80s, large-scale logging operations were carried out in the forest by the Forest Department. This was followed by tree felling for making boxes for transporting apples in the late 80s, and later by illegal felling by the timber mafia. In 1995, there was a considerable reduction in snowfall in the region. Snowfall is considered to be good for the apple crop. This coincided with the environmental propaganda of the state linking snowfall to better forest cover and the realisation by the villagers that forest cover is good for the tourist trade. These factors persuaded the local community to protect its forest. Yet another reason was to stop the illegal felling of trees that was the major cause of destruction of the forest.
The gaon (village) committee took charge of 200 ha of forest for protection and formulated the following rules and regulations:
1. Closure for rotational grazing.
2. Quantitative restrictions on grass-fodder extraction which was now restricted to one bundle per household per day after the designated opening of the forest.
3. No hunting permitted in the forest.
4. No sale of fuelwood and fodder allowed.
5. Voluntary monitoring and enforcement responsibilities taken up by the villagers.
6. Taxes are imposed on migratory graziers.
The rule-breakers are fined. Initially, the scheduled castes were not allowed to participate in decision making. However, access was equalized later for the scheduled castes after negotiations within the village. This happened due to mediation by the woman pradhan of the panchayat, Vidya Devi. The gaon committee has a seven-member executive committee, which meets quarterly. Disputes and conflicts are resolved in the traditional manner within the community itself. Panchayat support has been critical in resolving internal conflict and increasing inter-caste equity. The government is indifferent to the conservation efforts of the people. All finances required for the effort are met through voluntary contributions.