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The Center for Research on Sustainable Forests (CRSF) had a very productive year during 2013-14. We were thrilled to have CRSF join five other research units on campus to be selected as a new UMaine Signature Research area supporting Sustainable Forests & Forest-Based Economy. This designation will provide a new level of recognition, support, and cooperation for researchers serving the needs of forest landowners and the forest products industry of the state.

As always, our success is driven by our people. Dr. Brian Roth along with a number of scientists and over 35 member organizations through the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit (CFRU) made significant progress on a variety of important issues related to Maine’s commercial forestlands. Dr. Jessica Leahy and her graduate students made excellent progress in advancing our understanding about Maine’s family forests. Drs. Rob Lilieholm and Spencer Meyer did a remarkable job providing decision-making tools related to Maine’s conservation forestlands.

We also welcomed The Howland Research Forest as a new research asset into CRSF this year. The Howland Forest is part of the national network of AmeriFlux and FLUXNET sites and has one of the longest records of carbon flux measurements in the world. We look forward to a long collaboration with the USFS Northern Research Station in managing this invaluable research site.


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