Research Chair Report to NAUFRP Executive Committee March 2021
Research Committee Chair - Bob Wagner, Purdue University
Committee Members: Katy Kavanagh, Oregon State University
Scott Merkle, University of Georgia
Linda Nagel, Utah State University
NAUFRP Statement: The recently released report of the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities’ Blue Ribbon Commission on Forest and Forest Products Research and Development in the 21st Century underscores the need to bolster our capacity to solve the problems facing our forests and associated forest products industry. The Commissioners have done an admirable job of describing the current state of forestry research and development. Their central message recommending major changes in forest sector R&D resonates very positively with our university-based forest resources programs. We agree that re-investing in forestry research and innovation would pay multiple dividends, and would welcome a conversation about how to bring the many forest interests together to develop new funding models.
The McIntire-Stennis (M-S) Cooperative Forestry Research Program has provided fundamental support for creating and strengthening forestry research and graduate training efforts at colleges and universities across the nation for nearly 50 years. M-S funding has helped produce thousands of forestry scientists and other research professionals, and M-S-supported research has provided critical basic understanding and applied solutions to extend the benefits that flow from forests and related rangelands across the nation over time. The 1962 legislation that created the M-S program authorized funding of up to one-half of the funds appropriated for federal forestry research conducted directly by the USDA. Throughout the program's history, however, M-S appropriations have been far below the authorized level. In 2012, the M-S program's 50th anniversary will be celebrated. Congress and the President therefore have a truly significant "golden anniversary" opportunity to strengthen the nation's investment in research and training that represents an essential and powerful "driving force behind progress" in sustaining forests for ecological, economic, and social benefits for present and future generations.
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