Research Advisory Committee

The Research Advisory Committee was formed under the SFRA to address information needs concerning forests with the intent to foster the identification and undertaking of priority forest resources research activities by encouraging:

  • Collaboration between organizations with responsibilities for conducting forest resources research
  • Linkages between researchers in different disciplines in conducting forest resources research
  • Interaction and communication between researchers and practitioners in the development and use of forest resources research

The committee actively supports forestry and forestry-related research projects, and also identifies priority forest research topics that should be studied in order to meet Minnesota's forest-related information needs.

Current Activities

The MFRC reconvened the Research Advisory Committee in the fall of 2017 with the intent of invigorating forest resources research in Minnesota. The committee has been charged with: 

  • Identifying priority research needs for Minnesota’s forest resources
  • Evaluating the capacity of research institutions to conduct forest resource research
  • Assessing progress on past forest resource research priorities
  • Developing a strategy to secure research funding and promote research priorities
  • Facilitating dissemination and application of research findings in operational and policy environments

The RAC is soliciting input and information to address these tasks with a survey to identify an initial list of research topics for consideration. Summary results from the survey will be used to identify topics that are of greatest interest to the forestry community, and then further evaluation will be conducted by an expert panel. Eventually, the process will culminate in a final report with recommendations from the RAC on what the priority research topics area, approaches and collaborations to address them, and strategies to secure funding for support. The survey results will be incorporated into a final report (target completion of December 2018), and also made available on the MFRC website once the evaluation is completed.


  • Greg Cuomo - Associate Dean for Research, UMN College of Food Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Bob Haight – Research Forester, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station
  • Ann Pierce – Section Leader, MN DNR – Division of Ecological and Water Resources
  • Peter Reich – Regents Professor, UMN, Department of Forest Resources
  • Eric Schilling – Senior Research Scientist, National Council on Air and Stream Improvement, Inc.
  • Mark Weber – Land Commissioner, St. Louis County
  • Rolf Weberg - Executive Director, Natural Resources Research Institute

Staff Liaisons

Updated 2017-08-11