The Intersection of Science and Technology Transfer: Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetic Resources Team
The RNGR team ensures that nursery managers, reforestation and restoration specialists, and others in related fields receive timely information. The growers and users of the approximately one billion native plants (grasses, forbs, shrubs, and trees) produced each year in the United States must have the best information to assure that (1) production can be as efficient as possible, (2) outplanting performance justifies costs, and (3) reforestation and restoration plantings meet desired outcomes. This need is especially apparent in underserved communities, such as Native Americans and citizens of the U.S. insular areas (e.g., Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, and American Samoa). Over the past decade, Forest Service scientists Kas Dumroese and Jeremy Pinto have helped ensure that RNGR projects and programs have a sound scientific foundation and are effectively executed. They are also responsible for producing Forest Nursery Notes. The publication, produced twice a year, synthesizes topical, practical articles for native plant producers, and includes a bibliography of current literature. The quality of these products and the effectiveness of the RNGR team have been recognized through several tribal and Forest Service awards, including the Earle R. Wilcox Award from the Intertribal Timber Council, the Two Chief's Partnership Award, Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Outstanding Technology Transfer Publication, National Forest System's Celebrating Wildflowers Award, and the Office of Tribal Relations Professional Excellence Award.
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