The International Institute of Tropical Forestry (the Institute) is a tropical forestry research and technology transfer institute. Located in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, it has a long and productive history. Created in 1939, in cooperation with the University of Puerto Rico, the Institute has been a leader in tropical forestry research, technology transfer and technical assistance throughout the world and we are celebrating our 75th anniversary in 2014.
Because of the high diversity of tropical landscapes and the multicultural and multilingual user base, Institute employees must have specialized knowledge and skills in many fields. Our assets include an exceptional cadre of bilingual and trilingual scientists, natural resources managers, professionals, technicians, state-of-the-art facilities, laboratories, experimental research forests, an excellent tropical forestry library; a long tradition of collaborations; and constituents who are highly supportive of our mission and programs.
A summary of the historic International Institute of Tropical Forestry headquarters and the inauguration, with the assistance of the U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, of the newly renovated building in July, 2012.
An overview of the Institutes facilities, including the Headquarters building, the Forest Service National Library, the Chemistry Laboratory, other general facilities and the Sabana Field Research Station.