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Centers and Cooperatives

When we all work together, we create a bigger impact on the world around us. The College of Natural Resources regularly teams up with community and business leaders, policymakers, educators, students and members of the general public to ensure that our research is making a difference to both the public and private sectors. Through cooperatives, consortia, centers and institutions, we collaborate to create solutions to real-world issues.

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Tree Improvement Cooperative

The NC State Cooperative Tree Improvement Program within the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources provides vital research and improved tree genetics to landowners, foresters, forest companies, and the forest products industry. Research is an integral component of the cooperative, which provides new tools to supplement traditional tree breeding methods with advanced biological, chemical and data analysis research technologies.

Forest Productivity Cooperative (FPC)

An international partnership with Virginia Tech and Universidad de Conceptión in Chile, the Forest Productivity Cooperative brings together experts in silviculture, forest nutrition, ecophysiology, soils, plant community ecology, growth and yield modeling, remote sensing, spatial analysis and GIS, and statistics to creates innovative solutions to enhance forest productivity and value through the sustainable management of site resources.

Central America and Mexico Coniferous Resources Cooperative (CAMCORE)

An international organization dedicated to the conservation of tropical and subtropical trees in Mexico and Central America, CAMCORE demonstrates that the private sector, in collaboration with government agencies and universities, can make substantial contributions to environmental stewardship and conservation, while providing economically sound forest management. By collecting seeds in threatened forest stands and planting them on members’ land in more protected areas with similar climates in countries around the world, members establish field trials to determine the productivity of different forest species. The program is now working with 38 different forest species and has sampled 11,000 trees in 500 locations. It has more than 2,500 hectares of conservation banks and field trials, as well as the largest database on tropical and subtropical pines in the world.

Center for Advanced Forestry Systems (CAFS)

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

Christmas Tree Cooperative, Research, and Extension Programs

Christmas Tree Genetics Cooperative and Christmas Tree Research and Extension Programs at NC State improve the growth, quality and pest resistance of Christmas tree species important to North Carolina, including Fraser fir, Virginia pine, Eastern white pine and Eastern red cedar. The programs also screen new species and conduct genetic conservation efforts for Fraser fir, a globally threatened species.


Advanced Tree Genomics Consortium (ATGC)

Established in the fall of 2019, the Advanced Tree Genomics Consortium aims to develop innovative genomic and gene-editing technologies to enhance the productivity and disease/pest resistance of horticultural and forest trees. With advances in genomic sciences fueling the next green revolution in animal and plant breeding programs, ATGC strives to implement advanced product/process-oriented projects to generate intellectual property available by its members.

Bamboo to Tissue Consortium

The Bamboo to Tissue Consortium studies the technical and economic feasibility of bamboo growth, pulp processing and tissue manufacturing, including plantation economics; bamboo pulping, bleaching and fiber characteristics; and pulp mill technical and financial modeling.

Biomass to Biochemical and Biomaterials Consortium

This consortium evaluates fermentation organisms, refines process models, capital investment and operating cost estimates and characterizes chemical pathways.

Southern Forest Resource Assessment Consortium (SOFAC)

This consortium will develop forest sector market models for application to forest resource assessments regionally, nationally and internationally.

Centers and Institutions

Center for Geospatial Analytics

The Center for Geospatial Analytics is an interdisciplinary research and teaching center focused on data-driven spatial modeling and visualization for sustainable solutions to environmental and societal challenges. At the Center for Geospatial Analytics, everything is spatial, and location matters in science, society and decision-making processes.

Center for Industrial Research Programs in Forestry

The Center for Industrial Research Programs in Forestry 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.

North Carolina Atmospheric Chemistry Consortium (NCACC)

The North Carolina Atmospheric Chemistry Consortium (NCACC) is a collaboration of individuals and organizations with an interest in the chemistry of wet deposition. The mission of the NCACC is to provide long-term data and information on geographic patterns and temporal trends of acids, nutrients, and base cations in precipitation in North Carolina by supporting the participation of monitoring sites in North Carolina in the National Atmospheric Deposition Program National Trends Network (NADP NTN). The long-term data collected by NADP NTN are critical to support cross-disciplinary research and education in atmospheric chemistry, climate change, water and carbon/nutrient cycling, agriculture, ecosystems, and natural resources and to underpin environmental management and policy decisions.