Forest Research Advisory Council 2014 Report
The Forest Research Advisory Council (FRAC) is a statutory committee that provides advice to the Secretary of Agriculture on effective implementation of the McIntire-Stennis Act of 1962 and the Forest Service Research Program.
The Council’s 2014 Report to the Secretary included recommendations for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA):
- to develop and implement programs to allow for long-term research in both competitive and capacity research programs to increase the ability to address complex, multidisciplinary questions
- to increase research investment in "non-traditional” forest systems such as agro- and urban forestry that provide critical ecosystem services to diverse populations, and urban and rural landscapes
- to increase McIntire-Stennis funding to $50 million and expand eligibility to include 1994 Land-Grant Institutions
- to leverage and expanding U.S. Forest Service Research and Development capacity, which has declined dramatically in the number of Forest Service research scientists, and is thus putting a strain on the ability of the agency to respond to the emerging challenges facing the nation
- to increase agency collaboration with outside partners in academia, tribes, and nongovernmental organizations
- to increase research and development investments to support forests and forestry across all lands, including research for developing new forest products, advanced manufacturing, and market and technology research to enhance understanding of the markets and attitudes that drive them, including addressing the emerging bio-economy, sustainable building and “buy local” markets.