The history of the Experimental Station goes back to the Selmecbánya Central Experimental Station that was operating in Sopron after the World War II. Before the establishment of the Forest Research Institute in Budapest in June 1949, Sopron was the center of forest research. The status of Forest Research Institute was assigned to Central Forest Experimental Station in 1933. The Püspökladány Salinization Experimental Yard that was founded in 1924, and from Sopron11931, the Kecskemét Sand Tree Planting Experimental Yard also belonged to the Institute that operated the Gödöllő Pine Experimental Yard as well. After World War II, in 1947, Sopron State Forest Research Institute was supervised by the Center of the Hungarian State Forest Factories. In addition to the Manager, there were four researchers and two administrators  working at the Institute in 1948. Compared to the opportunities, the small institute took an active part in fulfilling the tasks of the development of forestry. In 1949, the Sopron Institute merged into Forest Research Institute that was set up in Budapest but it still operates as an Experimental Station. During the history of the station, a number researchers of various science areas were working here for  longer or shorter periods. The Department of Forest Economy that was set up in 1964 was mostly connected to the Sopron Experimental Station. The economic research is still entirety carried out in Sopron. The Experimental Station hosts mainly economic, partly ecological research. Studies primarily help the state forest management in decision making. In addition to the economic tasks, researchers complete various ad hoc assignments from silvicultural organizations. Water and nutrient circulation investigations carried out by the Ecolgical Department, exploration of the relationship between forest damages and ecological factors, estimation of the impact of the presumable climate change on forestry, are partly connected to the research profile. The Sopron Experimental Station will remain the base for the economic research carried out at the Institute in the future. The researchers are also actively participate in higher forest education.