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SOFAC will develop forest sector market models for applicaton to forest resource assessments regionally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Integrate currently available spatially explicit forest resource data from the USDS Forest Service, Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program and economic theory to model timber supply and demand in the South.
  • Develop simulation frameworks that allow resource analysts to study market and resource senstivity to assumptions about supply, demand, land use change, and landowner behavior.
  • Facilitate member access to underlying data, models, model results, presentations, and publications.
  • Foster discussion among researchers and members to develop relevant scenarios and focus model development and application.
  • Enhance opportunities and instruction in graduate education and research of forest resource markets and resources.



Fred Cubbage
Co-Director, Professor of Natural Resource Policy and Economics, NC State University (919) 515-7789

Bob Abt
Co-Director, Professor of Forest Resource Economics and Management, NC State University (919) 515-7791