NCASI’s forestry programs are addressing important technical questions related to sustainable forestry, third-party certification, forest environmental management, and government regulation of forestry operations. Our Forestry Staff includes leading researchers in wildlife, hydrology, forest ecology, biometrics, soil science, and silviculture.

Major programs in the U.S. include Forest Watersheds and Wetlands, Biomass, Forest Productivity, Carbon, and Climate Change; Biometrics and Forest Productivity; and Wildlife and Biological Diversity.

The Canadian Program features projects that cover Wildlife & Biodiversity, Watershed Management, and Conservation Planning.

All NCASI programs are designed by teams of industry experts and are carried out in collaboration with the best available scientists in NCASI member companies, government agencies, and leading universities.

NCASI’s forestry staff manages the programs with oversight and direction from task groups comprised of senior forest managers and expert scientists from NCASI Member Companies. NCASI research and technical support play important roles in the forest products industry’s overall response to challenges and opportunities related to forest environmental management and sustainable forestry practices.

Strategic priorities developed by the task groups provide a useful framework for NCASI’s annual program planning process.

NCASI maintains a vigorous consultative relationship with the community of North American foresters, including representatives of landowners, forest products companies, regulatory agencies, academic institutions, and other stakeholders.

Forestry Program

Focus Areas

Biomass & Climate Change

Climate change is an issue potentially affecting multiple facets of the forest products industry. There is pressure on industry to reduce energy intensity, sequester carbon, and account for carbon stocks and changes in those stocks.

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Silvicultural Chemicals

Silvicultural chemicals are critically important tools for forest management. As such, it is important for NCASI to be operationally familiar with their use, understand environmental risks and mitigations, and respond to stakeholder concerns over chemical use in forestry.

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Wildlife & Biodiversity

Consideration for biological diversity has become an integral component of sustainable forestry certification programs. 

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Watersheds & Wetlands

Clean water depends on healthy forests. As such, there are numerous regulations and best management practices developed to protect water quality in forested landscapes.

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Sustainability and Fiber Supply

The mission of the Sustainable Forestry is to provide sound science and technology that support the practice of sustainable forestry and the development of innovative, cost-effective management strategies that benefit the environment.

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Forest Certification

Participants in forest certification programs are asked to support research that advances sustainable forest management. By design, NCASI's forestry research program addresses issues identified in the major forest certification programs used in North America.

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