About the PMRC

The portfolio of field-based studies installed by the PMRC is quite varied and extensive throughout the operating region of the Cooperative. Studies cover the geographic area comprised of the Atlantic Coast Flatwoods and Coastal Plain, Piedmont, South Atlantic Gulf Slope and West Gulf of the Carolinas, Georgia, Northern Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and East Texas. All studies are designed to be analyzed on a region-wide basis to maximize the information available for use with the developed management tools. Several studies have been retired or passed on to other research interests while new studies are being designed to address questions important for future management options such as carbon sequestration and clonal planting management.

About the PMRC

Several PMRC studies and developments are recognized as seminal in the forest management field. 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 treatments.

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.
  • 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.
  • Consistent, quality measurements by dedicated crews ensure the best available data for 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.

PMRC Highlight Fact Sheet (A helpful 2 page summary)
 
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