Free Content A “Driving Force” in Developing the Nation's Forests: The McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Program

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The McIntire-Stennis (M-S) Cooperative Forestry Research Program has provided fundamental support for creating and strengthening forestry research and graduate training efforts at colleges and universities across the nation for nearly 50 years. M-S funding has helped produce thousands of forestry scientists and other research professionals, and M-S‐supported research has provided critical basic understanding and applied solutions to extend the benefits that flow from forests and related rangelands across the nation over time. The 1962 legislation that created the M-S program authorized funding of up to one-half of the funds appropriated for federal forestry research conducted directly by the USDA. Throughout the program's history, however, M-S appropriations have been far below the authorized level. In 2012, the M-S program's 50th anniversary will be celebrated. Congress and the President therefore have a truly significant “golden anniversary” opportunity to strengthen the nation's investment in research and training that represents an essential and powerful “driving force behind progress” in sustaining forests for ecological, economic, and social benefits for present and future generations.

Keywords: McIntire-Stennis; formula funding; graduate education; research

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2011

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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