About CAFS

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CAFS is a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (NSF I/UCRC) that bridges top academic forestry research programs with industry members to solve complex, industry-wide problems. Its mission is to optimize genetic and cultural systems to produce high-quality raw forest materials for new and existing products by conducting collaborative research that transcends species, regions, and disciplinary boundaries. The CRSF, through its Cooperative Forestry Research Unit, is a member of CAFS.

Save the Date: June 6-8, 2022, Annual IAB In-Person Meeting and Field Trip at the Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie, Washington. 

November 9, 2021 IAB Meeting Page (password protected)



Contact Info

Aaron Weiskittel
Director, CAFS
University of Maine, Lead CAFS Site

Meg Fergusson
CAFS Coordinator

NSF Phase 3 Awards

University of Maine
NSF# 1915078
University of Washington
NSF# 1916155
University of Georgia
NSF# 1916720
University of Idaho
NSF# 1916699
North Carolina State University
NSF# 1916552
Purdue University
NSF# 1916587
Oregon State University
NSF# 1916793

Past Meeting Resources (Meeting Materials Members Only)


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CAFS June 2021 IAB Meeting Page
CAFS December 2020 IAB Meeting
CAFS June 2020 IAB Meeting 

The 2020 and 2021 IAB meetings were held virtually due to COVID-19 limitations.

Photo CAFS 2019 field tour2019

The 12th Annual CAFS IAB Meeting was held in Athens, GA on June 4-5, 2019. For meeting information, agenda and field tour details, see our CAFS 2019 meeting page. Special thanks to the University of Georgia and Climate Smart Land Network for helping make the 2019 CAFS IAB meeting and field trip in Athens a success!

A remote IAB meeting was held December 16, 2019. The introduction powerpoint presentation can be found here

Photo of CAFS field tour2018

The semi-annual CAFS 2018 IAB Virtual Conference was held on December 10 via Zoom video/teleconference.

See our CAFS 2018 meeting page for photos from the field trip around Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, as well as meeting materials from the IAB meeting.

Academic Partners

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