Institute for Commercial Forestry Research (ICFR)

Providing innovative, research-based solutions to the industrial wood plantation sector in southern Africa

The Institute for Commercial Forestry Research (ICFR) is an independent provider of project-based research solutions and other related services in support of the industrial wood plantation sector in southern Africa.  To achieve desired research project goals the ICFR works closely with other research institutes and universities.

Founded in 1947 as the Wattle Research Institute the ICFR grew with the forestry sector providing important research support; initially to wattle growers and expanding to develop cold tolerant eucalypt planting options and determining the principles of good silviculture needed for both establishment and re-establishment of plantations. 

Today the ICFR provides research capability to various funding consortia in two key areas; sustainable production and tree improvement. In addition, the ICFR also offers a range of related services; improved seed (eucalypt and wattle), analytical laboratory, technical and library services.

Please contact us if you are interested in participating in existing projects by joining funding consortia, initiating new research projects or making use of any other services offered by the ICFR.