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:
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.
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:
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.