We wish to provide a brief update on what the UW Institute of Forest Resources (IFR) has been doing during the past several months.
Most recently, we were excited last week to announce the completion of the 2013 Western Washington Hardwood Assessment. With funding from the Washington Hardwoods Commission and IFR, researchers Luke Rogers, John Perez-Garcia and B. Bruce Bare produced a new assessment of Washington State’s hardwood resources, including estimates as of 2010 and projections through 2030.
The hardwood assessment is one of six research proposals IFR is currently funding for 2013 and 2014. In the autumn of 2012, we solicited pre-proposals from SEFS faculty and ultimately selected six projects to fund. During a two-year period, these projects total about $1.5 million in research investment (using a combination of our McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry funds and a 1-1 match from project collaborators). We are very pleased that all funded projects have active partners from across the state and include public agencies, private organizations and NGOs.
In January and February 2013, we presented updates on these projects (in PowerPoint) to the Washington State House of Representatives, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, and Washington State Senate, Natural Resources and Parks Committee. And as the five remaining projects produce research reports, we will keep you updated and make them available online.
Thank you for your continued interest and support!