Forest Research Institute is a research institution, established for the national forestry long-term research and international cooperation in the year 1950. Since January 1, 2010, Lithuanian Forest Research Institute has become a branch of the Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, thus, was renamed into the Institute of Forestry. The missions of Institute – to carry out the basic and applied forest research for obtaining new knowledge with the purpose of social, ecological and economic country development, to expand the dissemination of scientific and technical information about forest and environment, to train the research scientists of forest and environmental sciences.
Institute of Forestry is a member of the International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IURFO) and cooperates with many scientific and educational institutions of other countries through implementation of joint international projects. Since 2011, the Institute has been participating in the activities of the Central and Eastern European Regional Office of European Forest Institute (EFICEEC). The Institute has 6 research units: Ecology Department, Silviculture Department, Forest Protection and Game Management Department, Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding Department, Forest Resources, Economics and Policy Department, Laboratory of Forest Plant Biotechnology. The staff of these research units includes 27 researchers (including 21 scientists) and 11 PhD students. All research work carried out in the Institute corresponds to the main research directions of Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry.
The basic research directions of the Institute are as follows: (1) Physical, chemical, biological soil properties and plant nutrition; (2) Forest plant breeding, genetics and biotechnology; breeding for new varieties and research on forest plant genetic resources in Lithuania; (3) Forest plants biology and modelling of silviculture systems for wood quality and stand productivity; (4) Microbiology and plant pathology, toxicology of forest products and materials; (5) Optimization and modelling of forest plant processing and product storage; (6) Sustainability of forest ecosystems and climate change; (7) Forestry systems; the social and economics problems of forestry, forest policy.