Research Areas

CAFS Members and Academic Partners collaborate to identify and address pressing research needs that are of interest to industry and academia. CAFS scientists approach the research on multiple scales, from molecular, cellular, individual-tree, stand, to ecosytem level. Click here for the full CAFS Projects Timeline from 2008 to 2016 - pdf.

Through collaboration, CAFS is conducting research that enhances economical and environmental sustainability. Watch this video, entitled "Fertilizing sustainable growth in the forest industry,” created by the National Science Foundation's online magazine, Science Nation, about the collaborative CAFS Project 14.49.

List of ongoing CAFS projects:

 Project ID

1st two digits = proposal year; 2nd two = count within total # of CAFS proposals


Development of Genetic Markers for Western White Pine and Douglas-fir: Rust et al., Lead Sites: UI, OSU


Linking growth modeling to product quality for loblolly pine: Dahlen et al., Lead Site: UGA


Do Below Ground Processes Such as Soil Nutrient Dynamics, Root Nutrient Uptake and Carbon Allocation Patterns Explain Differences in Growth, Productivity, and Carrying Capacity of Loblolly Pine Plantation in the Southern United States and Brazil and Black Walnut Plantations in Indiana? Fox et al., Lead Sites: VT, NCSU

Exploring Internal and External Controls of Plantation Black Walnut Growth and Allocation Patterns: Szuter et al., Lead Site: PU


Production and analysis of flowering-modified eucalypts: Strauss, Lead Site: OSU


Root development and morphological comparisons of container-grown loblolly pine and subsequent productivity after establishment: Enebak and Starkey, Lead Site: AU


Developing a Region-wide Modeling System for Estimating Future Productivity of Loblolly Pine Plantations: Burkhart et al., Lead Site: VT

Classification, projection, and financial impact of beech-dominated understories in mid-rotation: Wagner et al., Lead Site: UMaine
Assessing stand characteristics of enhanced genetics in loblolly pine plantations in the Southeast: Bullock et al., Lead Site: UGA
Appraising Rotation-age Tree and Stand Characteristics in a 1970's Decadal Cohort of Douglas-fir Plantations in the PNW: Turnblom et al., Lead Site: UW
Quantifying the impact of pine decline in the southeastern United States: Eckhardt et al., Lead Site: AU
Does commercial thinning improve the growth response and upper diameter distribution potential of forest stands?: Weiskittel et al., Lead Site: UMaine
NSF I/UCRC Fundamental Research Project
Understanding and Modeling Competition Effects on Tree Growth and Stand Development Across Varying Forest Types and Management Intensities: Burkhart, Weiskittel, Turnblom, Lead Site: VT, UMaine, UW
Genomic Selection for Douglas-fir Tree Improvement: Howe and Jayawickrama, Lead Site: OSU
Improving White Pine Seedling Survival by Combining Blister Rust Resistance with Defense-enhancing Endophytes: Newcombe et al., Lead Site: UI
Response of Superior Western Larch Families to Site Quality and Competition Control: Nelson et al., Lead Site: UI
Stand and Tree Responses to Late Rotation Fertilization: Turnblom et al., Lead Site: UW