Cooperative Forestry Research Unit
The Cooperative Forestry Research Unit (CFRU), housed within the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests, is supported by over 30 of Maine’s largest forest landowners, managers and wood processors representing over 8.3 million acres of forestland. Since 1975 these stakeholders have been working with scientists to solve some of the most pressing issues facing the industry, beginning with the spruce budworm outbreak of the 1970s and 1980s. Today’s CFRU research projects are diverse and explore various aspects of silviculture, forest growth and yield, and wildlife habitat. As in years past, the CFRU continues to rely on a large crew of student workers each summer to carry out field research around the state. Many SFR alumni can include a summer working on a CFRU field crew as part of their early forestry experience.