USDA Honors PINEMAP Project with National Partnership Award
With more than 40 principal investigators (PIs) and many other contributors representing universities and federal agencies across the Southeast, the PINEMAP project is one of the largest collaborations in which Eastern Threat Center research ecologist Steve McNulty has taken part. “It has been a great partnership,” said co-PI McNulty, “not only in terms of its size but also its achievements.” PINEMAP was recently honored by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) with the Partnership Award for Mission Integration of Research, Education, and Extension. Project Director Tim Martin (University of Florida) accepted the award during an October 6 ceremony in Washington, DC, where USDA officials recognized PINEMAP “for enabling Southern pine landowners to manage forests for increased carbon sequestration and adopt forest management approaches that increase forest resilience and sustainability.” Ge Sun, Eastern Threat Center research hydrologist, and Asko Noormets, North Carolina State University scientist working with the Center, are also co-PIs on the PINEMAP project, now in its final year. Read the NIFA news release.