Centers / Cooperatives
Aspen and Larch Genetics Project and Cooperative
The University of Minnesota/Institute of Paper Science and Technology Aspen/Larch Genetics Project is located at the University's North Central Research and Outreach Center in Grand Rapids. Fast-growing plant materials are expected to play a significant role in meeting the burgeoning demand for aspen and more generally to insure ample timber for regional economic development. Scientists address tree improvement, specifically hybrid and improved aspen and larch seed production, mass propagation methods, and plantation establishment techniques. The Cooperative represents important industry and governmental action to maintain Minnesota's future timber supply. Andrew David directs this Cooperative.
In response to widespread landscape change, members of the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (now College of Design) and the College of Natural Resources (now CFANS), both at the University of Minnesota, created the Center for Changing Landscapes (CCL). The Center links innovative landscape planning and design with technical expertise in natural resource management and geospatial analysis and modeling. The goal of the Center is to address issues of sustainability for changing rural, urban, and urbanizing landscapes, within and beyond the University of Minnesota. To do so, the Center uses remote sensing, geographic information systems, modeling for predicting landscape change, and landscape and urban design-focused approaches to generate alternative design scenarios at various landscape levels including regional, subregional, district, neighborhood, and site levels. Mae Davenport directs efforts of this Center for the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.
The Center for Environment and Natural Resource Policy was established in 1984 to facilitate interdisciplinary studies on the issues associated with natural resource management. The Center shares its collective ideas through conferences, symposia and seminars, in book and journal formats, and through the Center's Working Papers. Additionally, Center faculty serve in an advising/consultative role for government and industry on policy issues and process as appropriate. Michael Kilgore directs this Center.
The Center for Forest Ecology is a cooperative unit between the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (Department of Forest Resources and Department of Fisheries,Wildlife, and Conservation Biology) and College of Biological Sciences (Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior). Hardwood forests dominated by maple and oak were an important and widespread native ecosystem that attracted settlement and development in Minnesota and elsewhere in the region. Major problems such as fragmentation, changes in disturbance regime, especially fire suppression, increased grazing of plants by deer, potential climate change and invasion of exotic species, threaten the existence of these ecosystems and limit the potential for their renewed regeneration and restoration in the region. The Center for Forest Ecology brings together an interdisciplinary group of ecologists to study ecological processes at the physiological, community and landscape levels, and to apply findings to management initiatives. Lee E. Frelich (disturbance ecology), Margaret B. Davis (paleoecology), and Peter B. Reich (physiological ecology) direct the center. The center is partly funded by a permanent endowment with the University of Minnesota Foundation, and by grants from NSF and other agencies.
Since its initiation in July 1995, the Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management (CINRAM) has brought together diverse groups to catalyze the development and large-scale adoption of integrated land use systems. The Center established many effective linkages within the University and with many county, state, and federal agencies and organizations outside the University that are active in natural resources and agricultural management. CINRAM will continue to coordinate the activities of the Minnesota Agroforestry Coalition and raise awareness statewide of the need for integrated land use systems. Kenneth Brooks and Dean Current direct CINRAM efforts for the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.
The Cloquet Forestry Center is the University's primary research and education forest. The Center serves the research, teaching, and education needs of the natural resources community. It is also home to Extension's Cloquet Regional office. The Center includes 3,400 acres that support broad areas of research and education. Meeting facilities and classrooms can accommodate up to 140 people, with onsite lodging and food service.
Cooperative Park Studies Program
The University of Minnesota Cooperative Park Studies Program (MN-CPSP) was created in a cooperative arrangement between the University of Minnesota and the National Park Service (NPS) in 1989. In the fall of 1996, the MN-CPSP became a part of the Biological Research Division (BRD) of the United States Geologic Survey. The unit provides scientifically-based knowledge for the management of federal lands and their natural resources, and transfers such information to other agencies and the public to assure careful stewardship of the nation's natural resources.
The Great Lakes Northern Forests Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (GLNF CESU) was formally authorized in August 2002. It is part of a national network of CESUs and stretches from Minnesota to Maine including all or part of 13 states. The mission of the GLNF CESU is to conduct a program of research, technical assistance, and education that involves the biological, physical, social, and cultural sciences needed to address, manage and preserve Great Lakes Northern Forest ecosystems in a rapidly changing social, economic and environmental landscape. In addition to the host university-the University of Minnesota-GLNF CESU has 16 university partners, 9 nongovernmental organization partners, and 6 federal partners. Jerrilyn Thompson is the coordinator for the GLNF CESU.
Hubachek Wilderness Research Center
The Hubachek Wilderness Research Center operates from Ely, Minnesota, and has been financed by the Wilderness Research Foundation and a private donor for more than 30 years. The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences has been closely involved with the programs of the Center.
The Interagency Information Cooperative (IIC) is a partnership between the Minnesota Forest Resources Council, Minnesota Association of County Land Commissioners, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Land Management Information Center, University of Minnesota, and the USDA Forest Service. This Cooperative and its site maintains a vast amount of information on Minnesota's forest and related natural resources.
The Minnesota Tree Improvement Cooperative was formed in 1981 to increase the use of genetic principles in regional forestry practices. It is housed at the Cloquet Forestry Center. The primary goal of the cooperative is to increase the quantity and quality of timber yields in the region. This goal is accomplished by selecting and breeding trees which grow faster, have better form, and are more disease resistant than those which currently exist. The Cooperative is also involved in research and development of genetic resistance to white pine blister rust, production of white spruce that will grow 25 percent faster than wild trees, and production of genetically improved seeds. Andrew David oversees this Cooperative with operations managed by Carrie Pike.
The Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory was established in 1995 to develop a unified computing environment for research on spatial analysis and modeling of natural resources and environment. The RSGL operates a large network connecting more than 30 workstations and advanced graphics storage and capability plus wide-ranging applications software, including ArcGIS, ERDAS Imagine, MySQL, and S-Plus. The RSGL provides state-of-the-art capabilities for image processing, mapping, modeling, statistics, and visualization. The RSGL also includes a wide array of input-output devices including digitizers, image scanners, printers, and large format plotters.