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The concept for a forestry research center emerged in 1989 from Quality First, a University of Arkansas Board of Trustees-sponsored plan to establish eight centers of excellence within the university system. Quality First was developed by community and business leaders from throughout Arkansas to identify key areas of education and research for the UA System. This recommendation coincided with the release of a report by the National Research Council entitled "Forestry Research: A Mandate for Change" which urged that "Centers of Emphasis" be established to promote inter-disciplinary forestry research. Both of these developments occurred at a time of unprecedented interest by the general public in the management of forest resources.

In 1990, planning was initiated for creating the Arkansas Forest Resources Center. The planning process involved a diversity of viewpoints from conservation groups, industry, private woodland owners, governmental agencies, and academia.  As a result the consensus reached represented a truly interdisciplinary and balanced approach for identifying and resolving forest management issues.  In keeping with this initiative, the Center was fully realized in 1994, bringing forestry faculty, resources and technologies from throughout the university system to bear on forestry issues.

The Arkansas Forest Resources Center, a University of Arkansas Center of Excellence, has the mission of developing and delivering superior programs in research and extension that enhance and ensure the sustainability of forest-based natural resources. To support this mission, the Center brings together interdisciplinary expertise from across the University System through a partnership between the Arkansas Division of Agriculture and the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Research is administered through the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station and extension and outreach activities are coordinated through the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.  The School of Forest Resources delivers academic programs through the University of Arkansas at Monticello.  The Center is headquartered at the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus, but its programs range statewide.

UA Division of Agriculture  -  Agricultural Experiment Station  -  Cooperative Extension Service  -  School of Forest Resources  -  UA-Monticello

Arkansas Forest Resources Center, P.O. Box 3468, 110 University Ct., Monticello, AR 71656
870.460.1052  -