The Plantation Management Research Cooperative began conducting research to develop modern plantation management tools in 1975. The availability of computing power to address large scheduling and management problems highlighted the need for growth and yield systems that were modeled on the plantation silviculture that was replacing the natural stands of the time. We are convinced that the development and improvement of systems to model the growth and yield of managed stands under various cultural treatments must be a continuous and permanent component of the cooperative research program. All research conducted by the PMRC is driven by the emphasis placed upon Management.
Several PMRC studies and developments are recognized as seminal in the forest management arena. These range from the farsighted installation of field studies that push the biological limits of local species to previously unrealized levels, to the development of new flexible model forms that allow for predictions and projections of stands managed with intensive silvicultural methods.
The operational philosophy of the PMRC differs significantly in some respects from other forestry cooperatives.
- 95% of all field related work is performed by UGA PMRC field crews including application of treatments, maintenance and measurements, thus relieving members of the requirements of these operations.
- Consistent, quality measurements by dedicated crews ensure the best available data for analysis.
- Excellent support from the Warnell School of Forestry eliminates the necessity of faculty salary support from PMRC dues. All dues are used for the operational expenses of field work and analysis.
- True region-wide analysis of study data ensures the widest applicability of the resulting management tools throughout the region.
An additional benefit of the large installed base of long-term studies is the ability to allow their use as research platforms for other studies funded through other sources. These “piggyback” studies increase the knowledge gained and available to the members without requiring direct financial support.
An overview presentation of the first 30 years of PMRC research activities is available here.
A two-page PMRC Fact Sheet is available here.