Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun made a humble beginning as Forest School established in 1878. Initially named as Imperial Forest Research Institute, FRI came into being in 1906. Later renamed as Forest Research Institute and Colleges, with a number of centres located at different places all over the country administering research as well as training of Forest Officers and Forest Rangers. After reorganization of Forestry Research in the country and creation of Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) in 1988, the training and research centres were given an independent status of institutes. Forest Research Institute, now one of the institutes under ICFRE, was conferred the status of Deemed University in December 1991 on the recommendations of the UGC, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
Forest Research Institute (FRI) is spread over 2000 acres of extraordinary scenic and calm green fields having rows of trees. Visitors often like to take long walk in the serene and peaceful environment of FRI. One can witness wide varieties of plants and trees from across the worlds in the fields of FRI. Photographers also like the landscapes of FRI.
Apart from main building and green field, tourists can also enjoy an picnic place, Botanical Garden in the FRI campus. Some of the most popular forest museums of the world are in FRI Dehradun. It has six museums based on social forestry, pathology, silviculture, timber, non-wood forest products and entomology.