Cynthia Miner, Pacific Northwest Research Station, (503) 808.2135
Steve Ambrose, Rocky Mountain Research Station, (970) 295.5922
Donald Hanley, Washington State University, Extension Forester,
Scott Reed, Oregon State University, Dean/Director Extension Service,
Richardson-Dodge, (503) 808.2137 or firstname.lastname@example.org
PORTLAND, Ore. April 30, 2007. Three U.S.
Forest Service western research stations have partnered with western
extension foresters to provide the public current science information
to help them manage forested lands in the West. The western extension
foresters are faculty at the land-grant universities in each state.
Their mission is to deliver current science and knowledge to the
people of their states. The Rocky Mountain (RMRS), Pacific Southwest
(PSW) and Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Stations have signed
a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the western extension
foresters to provide better service to clients; accomplish better
land management across all ownerships, and use public resources
more efficiently and effectively.
Scott Reed, Extension Dean and Director
at Oregon State University who signed for western extension foresters
(AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID,
MT, NM, OR, UT, WA) said the MOU demonstrates a spirit of cooperation
between the two groups that should pay dividends to all land
managers and forest owners in the West.
“ We are excited about joining forces to help improve management
in the West and this MOU will help us succeed,” Reed says.
The Forest Service Research Station Directors, who signed the MOU--Dave
Cleaves, (RMRS), Jim Sedell, (PSW), and Bov Eav, (PNW)--also feel
this is a very positive step.
“ We can coordinate our research, development, and application
by sharing priorities and visions including forest health, fire,
land fragmentation and land restoration,” Cleaves explains. “It
just makes good sense to find ways to work together and to be as
cost effective as we can. This opportunity will move us in that
The Forest Service will provide the most current research information
to the extension foresters who will interpret, use, and disseminate
the research as appropriate to reach land managers and landowners
in their respective states. Web site technology advances are an
area where the two parties can share information that can be very
cost effective. Another opportunity is creating a western forest
science application virtual center whereby clients can access information
through a single or “one-stop-shopping” source. These
are just two examples of how the groups want to come together to
improve resource management in the West.
To read the memorandum
of understanding for this agreement visit: