Welcome to the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit

The Cooperative Forestry Research Unit (CFRU) connects Maine’s forestry community with the University of Maine. CFRU scientists conduct applied research that provides Maine’s forest landowners, forestry community, and policy makers with the information needed to ensure both sustainable forestry practices and science-based forest policy.

For the past 40 years, the CFRU has shaped the evolution of forest practices in the State, as well as advanced the principles of sustainable forest management. During periods of political controversy, the CFRU has provided crucial scientific information to Maine policy makers and helped the general public understand the implications of a wide range of forest resource issues.