Arkansas Forest Resources Center
110 University Court
Monticello, AR 71656
Phil Tappe, Dean/Director
The Arkansas Forest Resources Center is based at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
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, the University of Arkansas at Monticello, with the assistance of an ad hoc planning group, developed the strategic plan for 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 thrust was expanded in 1994, bringing forestry faculty, resources and technologies from throughout the university system to bear on forestry issues.
The center's mission
Our forests provide a wealth of resources for society. They provide jobs and income and a variety of products vital to our needs. However, they also provide a myriad of nontimber resources which contribute to the cultural, environmental, and economic richness of the region. Conflicts often emerge over whether to manage for commodity resources of amenity values. Unfortunately, we lack adequate data and information on how various forest management practices affect our shared and valuable water, wildlife, and recreational resources. The Center seeks to identify strategies for establishing a balance between the production of commodity and non-commodity values from our forest lands; to provide a source of unbiased information regarding the sociological, environmental, and economic effects of forest management; and to provide technology transfer and public awareness information to private landowners and our other publics.
Mission Statement of the School of Forest Resources
The mission of the School of Forest Resources is to educate professional forest and wildlife resource managers, to enlarge the body of knowledge in renewable forest resources, and to disseminate new ideas and technology. Successful accomplishment of this mission will promote and enhance management, conservation and appreciation of public and private forests, thereby providing for continuous production and optimum attainment of a variety of forest resources for the people of Arkansas, the South and the Nation. These resource benefits include the production of wood and fiber, wildlife and clean water; as well as provision for recreation, aesthetic, and other special values.
Accordingly, the school's educational objectives are:
- To educate baccalaureate-level professionals in both forestry and wildlife management,
with both the professional competence and diversity of background to assume positions
with a variety of resource management organizations, such as private industry, private
consulting firms, or public agencies; furthermore, to provide an educational and professional
basis for successful work performance and for assuming increasing administrative and
managerial responsibilities to the middle management level and beyond.
- To provide graduate-level educational opportunities in forest resources.
- To provide students the opportunity to acquire the professional and academic competence
in forestry or wildlife necessary to be nationally competitive in graduate studies.
- To foster general education, a professional curriculum, and a collegiate environment
that attract and retain academically strong and professionally motivated students.
- To promote an educational environment in which a strong orientation toward academic
performance is encouraged, and where a dedication to the profession and its ethics
- To promote an educational environment in which a strong orientation toward academic performance in encouraged, and where a dedication to the profession and ethics is developed.
In addition, the school's other professional objectives are:
- To support research programs at both the basic and applied levels that contribute
to the body of knowledge in forestry and related natural resources, and which address
the professional, scientific, and social needs of forestry and natural resources communities
in the State, the region, and the Nation.
- To maintain a program of extension and public service that transmits new and established knowledge and technology to appropriate clientele through workshops, seminars, symposia, continuing education programs, and publications.