Auburn University
Auburn University
 
 
 
Lori Eckhardt - Director Pathology/Entomology             334.844.2720
Scott Enebak Pathology 334.844.1028
Nancy Loewenstein                         Invasive Species 334.844.1061
Tina Ciaramitaro Research Assistant 334.844.1538
Elizabeth Bowersock Outreach 334.844.1012

Mission
To address important, current and pertinent forest health issues (Disease, Insect, Invasive species) in a way that addresses real world management problems in the southern United States.

History
The Forest Health Cooperative was organized in 2008 by L.G. Eckhardt and S.A. Enebak, bringing together interested parties from Auburn University, forest industry, consulting companies, timber management companies and state and federal forest agencies, that were interested in maintaining forest health, productivity and sustainability

Membership
Membership is open region-wide to landowners, consultants, industry, federal and state forestry associations and non-governmental organization interested in maintaining forest health, productivity and sustainability.  The Cooperative should be of interest to organizations managing for forest products, buying forest products or managing for wildlife and endangered species. 

Membership is offered at four levels:  

Full membership ($10,000) is open to any organization that owns, manages, or leases land.  Full members participate in the planning and budgeting decisions and actively participate in research by establishing and maintaining field trials.

Associate membership ($5,000) is open to any organization that owns, manages, or leases land with an interest in promoting forest health and sustainability.

Maintaining membership ($2,500) is open to individuals or organizations that do not own but manage lands and is intended for consultants, and other organizations or small private land owners with an interest in promoting forest health and sustainability.

Sustaining membership ($500) is open to individuals or organizations that do not own lands and other organizations or small private land owners with an interest in promoting forest health and sustainability.

PRODUCTS/SERVICES

FULL

ASSOCIATE

MAINTAINING

SUSTAINING

Members Only Web Access

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Newsletter

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Members Only Workshops

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Priority Email and Telephone Consulting

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Technical Reports

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Research Reports

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1 Day of Field Consulting for each $4,000 Membership Contribution (additional days at $1,000/day)

 

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3 Laboratory Sample Analysis for  Disease or Insect Diagnosis per year for each $2,000 Membership Contribution (additional analysis at $100/sample)

 

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Participation at Annual Meeting

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Studies established of Members Land

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On Request

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Study Establishment Assistance

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Vote on Research Trials

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Vote on Budget and Policy Issues

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Rules and Policies

Members
The Forest Health Cooperative currently has 13 members: 8 forest industries, 2 state forestry organizations, 2 federal forestry organizations, and 1 registered forester..   Members are expected to actively participate in Coop activities by allowing research to be conducted on their land and, to a limited extent, provide labor and materials to conduct that research.

MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS:
Auburn University
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

STATE LAND ORGANIZATIONS:
Alabama Forestry Commission - Maintaining

FEDERAL LAND ORGANIZATIONS:
USDA Forest Service - National Forest System - Full
USAS Forest Service - Southern Research Station - Associate

FOREST INDUSTRIES AND CONSULTING FIRMS:
Burgin Land, Ltd. - Maintaining
Hancock Timber Resource Group - Full
International Paper - Sustaining
Rayonier Inc. - Full
Regions Bank - Full
Scotch Lumber Company - Associate
Westervelt Company - Associate
Weyerhaeuser - Full



REGISTERED FORESTERS:
Beth Richardson - Sustaining