Welcome to Forest Research Institute Malaysia
Birdsong and wall-to-wall greenery replace droning traffic at the 545-hectare Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) in Kepong, 17km northwest of KL. A serene, green day trip from the city, FRIM is also the heart of tropical forestry research in Malaysia. Mining and farming tore away Kepong's natural greenery in 1925, prompting the first forest research officer, FW Foxworthy, to establish a forest nursery. The institute was founded in 1929 and over decades the forest, and the accompanying scientific research, have flourished.
Today FRIM is an exemplary ecotourism destination, with walking and cycling paths winding through rare dipterocarp trees, picnic spots by shallow waterfalls, and traditional village houses preserved for posterity.