CoF-Industry-Agency Partnerships Working Together to Conduct and Apply Research
The College of Forestry provides science leadership for 11 research cooperatives that conduct research and apply the results to solve problems, develop new products, support long-term field studies, and develop decision support tools. There are currently 107 unique private industry members and eight government agencies that make up the membership of the research cooperatives. A CoF faculty member leads each cooperative and members work together to develop a mutually agreeable program of research, pool dues payments to support the cooperative’s operating budget, and provide significant in-kind support to leverage dues payments.
The 11 research cooperatives are:
- Center for Intensive Planted-forest Silviculture (CIPS)
- Center for Wood-Based Composites (WBC)
- Environmental Performance of Treated Wood Research Cooperative / OSU Aquatic Cooperative (EPTWRC)
- Hardwood Silviculture Cooperative (HSC)
- Northwest Tree Improvement Cooperative (NWTIC)
- Pacific Northwest Tree Improvement Research Cooperative (PNWTIRC)
- Swiss Needle Cast Cooperative (SNCC)
- Tree Biosafety and Genomics Research Cooperative (TBGRC)
- Utility Pole Research Cooperative (UPRC)
- Vegetation Management Research Cooperative (VMRC)
- Watersheds Research Cooperative (WRC)
The Center for Intensive Planted-forest Silviculture Research Cooperative was established to facilitate collaborative research between existing cooperatives, institutions, and scientists in a manner that addresses long-term and interactive effects of all possible treatments constituting a silvicultural regime. Priorities for research are identified from the perspective of gaps in current knowledge, potential application of new technologies, opportunities to synthesize existing information, and prediction sensitivities in the decision-support systems representing the current state of our knowledge.
The Wood-Based Composites Center (WBC) is an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, I/UCRC, focused on research and education at the Universities of British Columbia and Maine, Oregon State, and Virginia Tech.
Director: Dr. Fred Kamke, Professor and JELD-WEN Chair of Wood-Based Composites Science, Department of Wood Science & Engineering
The Environmental Performance of Treated Wood Research Cooperative/OSU Aquatic Cooperative conducts research on the potential impacts of treated wood use in aquatic environments and develops methods for reducing migration. Members include chemical manufacturers, producers of treated wood products and trade associations.
Director: Dr. Jeff Morrell, University Distinguished Professor
The Hardwood Silviculture Cooperative is a research and technology transfer program on the ecology, reforestation, and stand management of Northwest hardwood species, especially red alder.
Director: Dr. Glenn Ahrens, Forestry Extension Agent, Clackamas County Extension; Instructor, Forest Ecosystems & Society
The Northwest Tree Improvement Cooperative oversees cooperative breeding of Douglas-fir, western hemlock and other species of the coastal forests of the Pacific Northwest. Guidance for technical aspects of implementing these tree improvement programs is provided. Test data and is stored, analyzed and interpreted to provide expertise and training in tree breeding.
Director: Dr. Keith Jayawickrama, Professional Faculty, Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society
The Pacific Northwest Tree Improvement Research Cooperative is a genetics and tree improvement research program aimed at increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of operational tree improvement programs.
Director: Dr. Glenn Howe, Associate Professor, Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society
The focus of the Swiss Needle Cast Cooperative is to conduct research on Swiss needle cast of Douglas-fir for forest land owners in western Oregon and Washington.
Director: Dr. Dave Shaw, Associate Professor, Department of Forest Engineering, Resources & Management and Extension Forest Health Specialist
The goal of the Tree Biosafety and Genomics Research Cooperative is to conduct research, technology transfer, and education to facilitate beneficial uses of genetically engineered trees in plantations. The TBGRC seeks to test and develop select innovations, based on progress in molecular biology and agricultural biotechnology, that will ultimately have commercial value to wood-growing and horticultural industries. Research is presently focused on poplars as scientific models for genetic engineering and functional genomic studies. Experiments underway are aimed at discovery of genes with major value for control of fertility, flowering onset, crown form, wood quality, and stature. A key theme of TBGRC research is the identification and testing of genes that can promote both economic and environmental benefits.
Director: Dr. Steve Strauss, Distinguished Professor of Forest Biotechnology, Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society and Leopold Fellow
The Utility Pole Research Cooperative conducts research aimed at prolonging the service life and improving the performance of wood poles and crossarms used by electric utilities. Members include utilities, chemical companies, wood treaters and inspection agencies. Research topics include developing treatments for controlling internal decay, assessing methods for pole inspection, improving specifications for initial treatment, and offering short courses to educate utility users.
Director: Dr. Jeff Morrell, University Distinguished Professor, Department of Wood Science & Engineering
The Vegetation Management Research Cooperative (VMRC) is a research program focusing on plant competition, vegetation control, and early growth of forest stands.
Director: Dr. Carlos Gonzalez-Benecke, Assistant Professor, Department of Forest Engineering, Resources & Management
The Watersheds Research Cooperative (WRC) conducts research on the effects of current and expected forest practices on intensively managed commercial forestland on water quality, fisheries and other water-related values.