The Forest Research Institute Malaysia
(FRIM) is a statutory agency
of the Government of Malaysia
, under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. FRIM promotes sustainable management and optimal use of forest
resources in Malaysia
by generating knowledge and technology through research, development and application in tropical forestry. FRIM is located in Kepong
, near Kuala Lumpur.
Historic moments - Built, War and The Establishment
At the time when the country's lowlands were still covered by large tracts of virgin forest, and the forest of the hill and montane areas were pristine, the selected a denuded landscape for their project.
<nowiki>They chose as their main task what must have been irrelevant to that time -The Rebuilding of A Forest Ecosystem From Scratch. Little did they realise that as the century drew to a close, this would be an experiment all too desperately needed, in the context of the often damaged and degraded forest heritage we find ourselves nursing back to health today.
In 1926, the Chief Conservator of Forest (equivalent to today's Director of Forestry), G.E.S Cubitt, asked Dr. F.W. Foxworthy to established a separate forest research unit for the Forestry Department. It was Foxworthy who selected the present site, at Kepong. He was also to become the Institutes's first Chief Research Officer.
The site comprised an area that was practically stripped of its original forest cover except for a few remnant trees at the more inaccessible......