October 21, 2005

Crapo To Examine Coordination And Long-Term Plan For Forestry Research

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, the Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Forestry, Conservation, and Rural Revitalization, will chair a hearing next week to discuss oversight of the Forest and Rangeland Research Program of the U.S. Forest Service. The hearing will take place on Thursday, October 27th at 10:00 a.m. in the Russell Senate Office Building, room 328A on Capitol Hill. The hearing will focus on aspects of the Forest and Rangeland Research Program administered by the Department of Agriculture. This will include the direction, coordination, and long-term plan for forestry research.â??Continually improving and increasing our research capabilities and technology transfer is crucial to meeting the demands on our forests,â?? Crapo said. â??However, carrying out the research alone is not enough. We must ensure that the research and technologies provided through the research is conveyed to those on the ground working to improve forest conditions.â?? The witness list for the hearing includes the following:Panel Iâ?¢Ann Bartuska, Deputy Chief for Research at the U.S. Forest Service.Panel IIâ?¢Steven Daley Laursen, Dean and Professor, College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho.â?¢David Canavera, Manager of Research & Development, Ecosystems Project, MeadWestvaco Corporation.â?¢Bob Schowalter, South Carolina Forestry Commission.â?¢Robert Daniels, Extension Professor at Mississippi State University.â?¢Scott Simon, Director for The Nature Conservancy, Arkansas Chapter.