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Forest Research Institute Dehradun

Forest Research institute (FRI), Dehradun has its roots in the erstwhile Imperial Forest Research Institute established in 1906 to organize and lead forestry research in the country. Its history is synonymous with the evolution and development of scientific forestry not only in India but in the entire Indian subcontinent. In 1988, FRI and its research centers were brought under the administrative umbrella of Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education (ICFRE) under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India.

History of Forest Research Institute


1878 - Founded as the British Imperial Forest School by Dietrich Brandis.

1906 - It was reestablished as the Imperial Forest Research Institute, under the British Imperial Forestry Service.

1938 - The Indian Forest College was established in 1938; officers recruited to the Superior Forest Service by the states and provinces were trained there.Great revolutionary Rashbehari Bose worked there

Research Thrust Areas



  • Enhancement of forest Productivity
  • Improvement of planting Stock
  • Rehabilitation of Wastelands
  • Efficient utilization of wood and non-wood forest products
  • Development of eco-friendly products and processes

Divisions of Forest Research Institute



Entomology Museum
This museum contains about 3,000 exhibits representing the various stages of insect pests and the nature of damage caused by them to seed, seedlings, standing trees, felled timbers, bamboos and also finished products. Important forestry pests like sal heart-wood borer, teak defoliator, Meliaceae shoot borer, poplar defoliators, deodar defoliator etc are on display. For details, click here


NWFP Museum
An exhibit of this museum shows a comparison between the conventional resin tapping technique and the newly developed rill method for resin tapping. Samples of turpentine oil and rosin, and a variety of species of bamboo found in our country make a unique collection. Exhibits also include samples of miner forest products such as katha, cutch, Lac products, essential oils, edible products, etc. For details, click  here


Forest Pathology Museum
Forest Pathology museum houses 900 exhibits of various economically important tree diseases and timber decays. Exhibits are arranged on the basis of two broad host groups: hardwood and conifers. These are further divided according to the part of the plant affected namely root disease, stem disease and foliage disease. Important tree diseases such as heart-rot in khair, sal, teak and deodar and root-rot in khair, sal and pines have been displayed. For more information, click here


Silviculture Museum 
The Silviculture Museum displays models and Photographs on Silvicultural Systems practised for efficient and scientific management of the forests. The most important exhibits are a series of large models showing the chief methods practised for regulating the felling and regeneration of a forest. For more information, click here


Timber Museum
The Timber Museum has exhibits of the best-known and most common commercial woods. One hundred and twenty six commercially important species displayed along the walls of the museum provide the visitors an idea on the characteristics of these woods. Fore more information, click here

Forest Research Institute,
P.O. New Forest- Dehradun (India)
Fax : 91 135-2756865
Telephone : ( 91 135-2755277)
Email : dir_fri@icfre.org

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