Forest Research Institute – FRI Dehradun

The city of Dehradun has some of the popular institutions in the country which caters for a variety of public services for the state and the nation. Among these is the Forest Research Institute which was established in the year 1906 under the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE). The FRI is now a Deemed University catering for excellent research in the field of scientific forestry for the Indo-Gangetic plains of Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana, Delhi, Western U.P. and U.P. Himalayas.

The main building was designed by C.G. Blomfield with great Greeko Roman Architecture and inaugurated in 1929. It is still mind boggling to see how the beautiful building was resurrected in those times in a lush green area covering 450 hectares.

Apart from watching the beautiful architecture, FRI also has some of the famous museums that are must watch for people who are enthusiastic about nature and its resources.

Popular Museums in FRI

  1. Timber Museum
  2. Social Forestry Museum
  3. Silviculture Museum
  4. Non Wood Forest Products Museum
  5. Pathalogy Museum
  6. Entomology Museum


The main concern areas of the institute are in the field of conservation, restoration, ecological balance monitoring and also development of eco-friendly technology for the overall improvement and conservation of natural resources.

FRI also has some major milestones in its name and to name a few are:

  1. 1864: Systematic Forest Management
  2. 1878: Forest School at Dehradun
  3. 1906: Imperial FRI with Six Research Disciplines including Forest Geology, Silviculture, Working Plans, Economics, Chemistry and Botany.



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