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The Center for Industrial Research Programs in Forestry at NC State University works with industrial and agency partners to conduct relevant research using a cooperative model. All of the programs within this umbrella center place a heavy emphasis on meaningful research results, technology transfer, and graduate student training. The Center for Industrial Research Programs in Forestry is comprised of the following programs:


Camcore is a non-profit, international program that works for the conservation of tropical and subtropical forest tree species. Camcore’s mission is to be a leader in conservation and domestication of forest genetic resources for sustainable economic, ecological, and social benefits for present and future generations.


Center for Advanced Forestry Systems (CAFS) is a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center that bridges top forestry research programs with industry members to solve complex, industry-wide problems by transcending traditional disciplinary bounderies. CAFS’ mission is to optimize genetic and cultural systems to produce high-quality raw forest materials for new and existing products.


Forest Productivity Cooperative (FPC) is an international partnership committed to creating innovative solutions to enhance forest productivity and value through the sustainable management of site resources. Team members have expertise in silviculture, forest nutrition, ecophysiology, soils, plant community ecology, growth and yield modeling, remote sensing, spatial analysis and GIS, and statistics.


Tree Improvement Cooperative (TIP) is committed to on-going research into forest genetics, selection, breeding, testing, and technology transfer in an effort to increase forest productivity within the Southeast timber region. The mission of TIP is to economically increase forest productivity through the genetic manipulation of loblolly pine populations.

Key contact for Center for Industrial Research Programs in Forestry: Dr. Barry Goldfarb