The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences administers several interdisciplinary research centers and collaborative programs that provide opportunities for engaged scholarship and applied research. While these programs generally focus on research and outreach, they are an important resource for graduate and undergraduate students, including mentoring and funding opportunities for master’s and doctorate degree students.

Research Centers & Programs

Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR) – CINTRAFOR is one of three applied research centers within the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. CINTRAFOR focuses on collecting and distributing information on rapidly changing foreign markets; applying research findings to technical, environmental, economic, social and resource management problems that impede exports of specific products; and training forest products professionals by providing funding for graduate level research on the international trade of forest products.

Center for Sustainable Forestry – Located at Pack Forest and supported by revenues from the management of the forest, the Center pursues research and promotes the discovery, instruction and demonstration of concepts of sustainable forestry and providing services such as forest certification consulting and technology transfer.

Pacific Northwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (PNW CESU) – The PNW CESU is a partnership for research, technical assistance and education to enhance understanding and management of natural and cultural resources. A cooperative venture between 12 federal agencies and 22 partners (18 leading academic institutions, three non-governmental organizations, and one state agency), the PNW CESU is a member of the National CESU Network.

Precision Forestry Cooperative (PFC) – Organized as a research cooperative with some base support from the legislature, governmental agencies and members from private industry, the PFC uses high technology sensing and analytical tools to support site-specific economic, environmental and sustainable decision-making for the forestry sector.

Stand Management Cooperative – Organized as a research cooperative, with members from private industry and government agencies, the cooperative provides a continuing source of high-quality data, analysis and outputs on the long-term effects of silvicultural treatments and treatment regimes on stand and tree growth and development, and on wood and product quality.

U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW) – With a Seattle lab in Fremont and several staff members collocated with Environmental and Forest Sciences, the station supports collaborative research that addresses questions of interest to both USFS and Environmental and Forest Sciences researchers.

Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit – Administered jointly with the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS), this cooperative advances wildlife and fisheries research and facilitates collaboration opportunities with Washington State and federal wildlife and fisheries management agencies. Also located in SEFS, the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Cascadia Field Station conducts ecological research to support natural resource managers in the U.S. Department of the Interior and other federal, state, tribal and local agencies.


Partnership with the National Science Foundation’s National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) and the Wind River Experimental Forest (WREF) – The Wind River Experimental Forest (WREF) contains one of the few remaining old-growth forests left in the Pacific Northwest, and its canopy tower is used to perform long-term monitoring of key ecosystem processes and climate variables. Environmental and Forest Sciences has a collaborative partnership with NEON, which oversees research at WREF.

Partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) – In 2016, The Nature Conservancy and Environmental and Forest Sciences entered into a joint agreement to develop collaborative research and jointly hired a senior TNC scientist who also serves as a faculty member within Environmental and Forest Sciences.

Partnership with The Natural Capital Project (NatCap) – A project of Stanford University, the Natural Capital Project pursues research on and develops tools to support the valuation and management of ecosystem services. Through a cooperative arrangement, several NatCap scientists are collocated with Environmental and Forest Sciences.

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