The main building was new when our predecessor, Western Norway’s Forestry Research Station, moved to the premises at the time of its 40th anniversary in 1956. This was during the great afforestation period, so in addition to offices, the building contains a laboratory for chemical analyses, a seed laboratory and a darkroom for X-ray photography of seeds. There is also a comprehensive forestry library on site. In addition to the main building, we have an older greenhouse with workshop, a garage building and a building for seed storage. Responsibility for supplying seed throughout Western and Northern Norway was one of our predecessor’s tasks. Part of the property is planted as an arboretum with many different tree species. The former plant nursery is used today as a trial area for spruce species.
Work tasks and topics
Fana is strong in the field of biological diversity in forests, and project leadership of the major national project ‘Environmental Registration in Forests’ has from its outset been based here. NIBIO Fana has specialist competency within the fields of forestry and uncultivated land in Western Norway. The research is international, involving cooperation with amongst others the University of Bergen. Contacts with the forestry industry and with regional government are also important aspects of our daily work.