Institute of Forest Resources Director: Thomas H. DeLuca, email@example.com
About the Institute
Created by the Washington State Legislature in 1947 as the Institute of Forest Products, the 2011 Legislature directed the Institute of Forest Resources (IFR) to organize itself to pursue coordinated interdisciplinary research and outreach, covering forestry issues along with emerging issues related to forest and environmental sciences, and to improve the understanding of complex forestry and related issues for stakeholders, policymakers, and other interested parties—including the public.
Our mission is to provide timely and relevant education, research and outreach related to Washington State’s rural and urban forest ecosystems to sustain the multiple products and services derived from these resources.
Our vision is to provide high quality science-based information to improve the understanding and sustainable stewardship of our forest and related natural resources including the development of sound forest policy.
Our new direction comes at a time of on-going change in our understanding of the natural world and how society views our natural resources. Following centuries of increasing specialization and dis-integration, we are now entering a new era of re-integration in which interdependencies are moving to the foreground. Complex interdependencies between people and the natural environment are increasing and often require new policies and new levels of cooperation. In the case of forests, perceptions of the vital benefits that forests deliver, such as ecosystem services, are changing with particular speed. Now is also a time of sweeping changes in access to information and heightened economic instability. As a result, the Institute will promote healthy public dialogue through meetings, workshops and the Internet, via websites and social media. It will also generate and disseminate new scientific information critical to a healthy and sustainable natural resource sector, as well as to disseminate third-party research of a similar nature to new and existing stakeholders.