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.
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.