Universities have three basic mission areas: service, teaching, and research. Through the service mission, many forest landowners participate in forestry extension programs and use university-based out reach materials and resources. Many forest landowners also recognize the teaching mission of universities by interacting regularly with forestry professionals who were trained through academic programs accredited by the Society of American Foresters. These two mission areas, service and teaching, have been and continue to be relevant to millions of forest landowners across the nation.
But what about university-based forestry research? As a forestry dean and as current president of the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs, and (just as importantly) as a forest landowner, I'd like to address three key questions about forestry research, including what this has to do with "The Little Red Hen."
Bullard, Steven H., "University-Based Forestry Research and "The Little Red Hen"" (2014). Faculty Publications. 103.