Research Centres (A Brief Description)
Van Vigyan Kendra, Chessa
Van vigyan Kendra, Chessa was established in the year 1981 to cater to the needs of field research of Silviculture, tree improvement, quality seed production, germplasm collection, introduction and evaluation of both timber and non timber species etc. An area of 100 ha area was developed with systematic layout of various experimental plots, residential and non residential buildings, training facility, green houses, grafting houses, nurseries, guest house etc.
Orchid Research Centre, Tipi
Arunachal Pradesh is known for its rich occurrences of orchids with more than 600 species abounding the state. The ideal climate and diversity of habitat have favoured the growth of orchids in abundance, making the state an “orchid paradise” of our country. Realizing the importance of orchids in floricultural development Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh under the Department of Environment and Forests established an orchid station at Tipi in West Kameng District, with the objectives of conservation, research and development of orchids as a supplemental crop to the local people.
Over the last 3 decades the orchid station has grown into a premiere institution of excellence in Orchid Research and Development, under the State Forest Research Institute of the Department of Environment and Forests, Arunachal Pradesh. This Centre has also become a popular spot for the visiting tourists.
Sessa Orchid Sanctuary & Nursery, Sessa
The orchid sanctuary cum nursery is located at Sessa, about 24 kilometers away from Tipi on way to Bomdila. The sanctuary stretch over an area of 100 square kilometer at an altitude ranging from 1100 – 1800 meter MSL. The sanctuary habours about 200 species of orchids of sub-tropical types comprising the genera like Dendorbium, Bulbophyllum,Coelogyne, Eria, Phaius, Liparis etc. The sanctuary is unique in the country in having six new species of orchids and seven species of saprophytic orchids. The nursery comprises representatives’ specimen of various orchid species of the sanctuary and a demonstration farm of Cymbidium hybrids for cut-flower production.
Dirang Orchid Centre
About 50 km from Bomdila on way to Towang, Orchid Center Dirang has been established in 1985. This caters to the needs of conservation of high altitude cool-loving orchids of the state in addition to carrying out breeding and improvement of native species. Besides, this also undertakes extension activities for the cultivation and farming of commercial orchids like Cymbidiums, Paphiopedilums and cool-loving Dendrobiums.
The Forest Zoology museum of SFRI gives a first hand information about the faunal wealth of the state. The collection of exhibits started way back in 1988 when it was located at Chessa then known as Van Vigyan Kendra. All these years of field surveys and faunal collections has made the present museum a store house of different animal groups exhibited either as bottle specimens or dry preservations. The rich biodiversity reflected here is a team work of the forest zoologist and staff of the division.