- Schumann, David R.
USDA Forest Service
+ Opinions and the literature cited in this paper differ as to whether forest products utilization and marketing research in the Northeast is adequate or relevant to the industry's needs.
+ There is unanimity that issues and problems need to be collated and cross-walked to existing research activities to identify gaps and prioritize programs.
+ Agreement exists that the capability to effectively transfer research results to the potential user requires improvement and emphasis.
+ Research administrators, scientists, those responsible for transferring research results, and the recipients of the technology must continually communicate with one another.
This paper is the product of concern for forest products utilization and marketing research and its application in the Northeast and is addressed to the Director, Northeastern Area, State & Private Forestry, USDA Forest Service, Broomall, Pennsylvania. The purpose of this paper is to provide background information and rationale to substantiate this concern. The Northeast FPU&M specialists recommend that the Area Director convey this concern to those individuals responsible for establishing policy and implementing change. We ask for recognition of this concern by the formulation of an Action Plan and accompanying commitment to resolve the identified issues.