October 27, 2005

Crapo: Forest Research Must Reach End-Users

Subcommittee takes testimony on meeting forest needs

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Forestry, Conservation, and Rural Revitalization, presided over a hearing today to examine the direction, coordination and long-term plan for forestry research. Testimony focused on forestry research currently being conducted and changes that may be brought to improve coordination and technology transfer. Witnesses for the hearing included representatives of the U.S. Forest Service, university, industry, forestry, and environmental interests. Crapo is a strong proponent of enhanced coordinated research to maximize the use of forests nationwide.â??Demands on our forests are increasing while we also face unfortunate events, such as hurricanes and fire, which take their toll on our resources,â?? Crapo said. â??Research is important to ensure that we have the tools in order to improve forest conditions and meet emerging needs.â??â??However, we must also make certain that the technology developed through this research is reaching those who manage and rely on our forests and forest products,â?? Crapo concluded. â??Improved collaboration through joint planning by scientists and administrators at the Forest Service and universities will better enable resources to be targeted toward a most beneficial vision of forestry research.â??FOR INTERESTED MEDIA: A radio actuality is available by calling 1-800-545-1267. Press 327 at any time during or after the greeting and instructions. You can also access the actuality through the Internet at www.senate.gov/src/radio/crapo.