- Sfri Itanagar
State Forest Research Institute Itanagar
With over 82% geographical area under forest, Arunachal Pradesh has an unparalleled biodiversity to be proud of. This strategically important hilly state with numerous hills rising gradually from the plains of Assam to he lolly mountains bordering Tibet & China in the North has about 16 major rivers and about 150 rivulets/ watersheds that make the state evergreen. There are over 20 forest types ranging from tropical to alpine situation. To tap the resources, the Government felt the need of research and scientific management in the rapidly developing forestry of the state.
Government of Arunachal Pradesh established a Silviculture Division under the Department of Environment & Forests sometimes during 1972. To cope with R & D activities an Institute namely 'Van Vigyan Kendra' (VVK) was established at Chessa under the division in the year 1984. Later the one and only State Forest Research Institute (SFRT) in North East India was established in 1993 at Itanagar by amalgamating the existing VVK and Orchid Research Development & Center, Tippi.
The Institute is fully owned and aided by the State Government under the Department of Environment & Forests. The Director heads the Institute to co-ordinate R & D activities and to formulate projects suited to local needs in consultation with Research Advisory Board headed by the Principal CCF as its Chairman. There arc seven Scientific Divisions namely, Silviculture, Forest Genetics & Tree Improvement, Orchidology, Systematic Botany, Soil Science, Forest Zoology and Ecology.
Facilities of State Forest Research Institute Itanagar
The Institute has moderately well equipped laboratories for various scientific divisions and one A-Class Tissue Culture laboratory each at Itanagar and Tippi (Bhalukphong). It also has a well stocked library; a referral Herbarium, a referral Zoological Museum, a Snake Referral Museum for Eastern Himalayas and a Botanical Museum for bamboo, cane and medicinal plants at Itanagar and an Orchidarium, Orchid Herbarium and Museum at Tipi have been established.
There are 6 Research Ranges and 5 Sub-Centers with well maintained nurseries located under different altitudinal and climatic region in the state covering over 2,000 ha. to facilitate field trials and site specific research. There arc a number of field trial plots like sample plots, observation plots and linear increment plots.
State Forest Research Institute
Department of Environment & Forest
Van Vihar, P.B. No. -159