Nutrient Management and Cycling
The study and development of more effective nutrient management procedures has been a significant focus for the IFTNC in recent years. Results include recommendations on harvesting techniques; including slash treatment, species selection, and how geology and site type influence harvesting decisions. Current research in this area will support regional growth-and-yield models to help predict the effects of large nutrient removals through fire or harvest on subsequent stand yields.
Strength in Numbers
Are you intrigued by the prospect of studying the genetic systems of trees for the purpose of enhancing the quality of forest materials? If yes, we’ve been waiting for you! The forest resources program, along with other programs, universities and industry groups, works closely with the Center for Advanced Forestry Systems.
Douglas-fir Growth and Fine Hardwood Studies
One current research area is studying the effects of site and genetics of Douglas firs. Work will enhance the ability to predict the growth, stem quality, and adaptability of Douglas-fir plantations, refine breeding and deployment zones, and understand the potential effects of climate change.
Another project is looking to identify and investigate the gene in black walnut, one of the most valuable fine hardwood species, that regulates the shift from living to dead wood. Identifying these processes will increase understanding and open up the possibility of manipulating the process of the regulation of plant cell death in response to pathogens or stress. Contact Professor Mark Coleman
, director of the IFTNC.
The University of Idaho Extension Forestry Team
Research and outreach are fundamental pieces of the forest resources program. The Univeristy of Idaho Extension Forestry team, for instance, works with a variety of groups throughout the state to promote the sustainable and productive use of Idaho's forests. Contact Randy Brooks
or Yvonne Carree Barkley
for more information.