In order to have an adequate research back up for development of forestry sector in the northeastern region of the country, the Institute came into existence in April 1988, although its origin dated back to 1976 when a Regional Centre of Forest Research Institute, Dehra Dun, was established at Burnihat (Assam) to extend knowledge on forestry related issues through research, education and extension in general and to support forestry research in northeastern states Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. The Centre advanced steadily in terms of infrastructure and established itself as a nucleus for research on forestry and ecology related issues of the region. The ICFRE recognising the excellence of the Centre, upgraded it to a full-fledged Institute based at Jorhat in 1998, originally known as Institute of Rain and Moist Deciduous Forest Research (IRMDER). Now known as the Rain Forest Research Institute (RFRI), The Institute has evolved into one of repute, delivering yeoman service in the field of forestry resources and technology extension to all NE states including Sikkim. The multidisciplinary scientific manpower of the Institute delivers need based technological achievements in forests science leading towards conservation, protection, restoration and management of forest resources. The tested technologies, developed under different research projects, are transferred to the stakeholders through its Regional Capacity Building Programmes under Demo Village and Van Vigyan Kendras (VVKs) in the states.
The headquarters of the Institute is located at Jorhat in Assam, while it’s Advanced Research Centre for Bamboo and Rattan has been established at Aizwal in Mizoram in the year 2004.
1. Conservation of forest ecosystem with emphasis on natural regeneration
2. Management of shifting cultivation areas
3. Management of community forests
4. Planting practices for eco-restoration
5. Conservation and sustainable management of Bamboos and Rattans