Environmental implications of converting natural grassland into eucalyptus plantations in hydro power catchments in Nilgiris

In India plantations of exotic tree species like populous debtoides, Acacia spp., Eucalyptus spp., Laucaena leucocephala and Prosopis juliflora etc were promoted to meet the increasing industrial and fuel demand. The exotic acacia and eucalyptus were introduced in Nilgiris Hills in 1858 where E. globules was planted along with E. Robusta.