Chile Forest Resources Exchange ProgramChileFREP



Strengthening Collaboration of Forestry Students and Faculty at
North Carolina State University,
Universidad Austral de Chile,
and the Universidad de Concepción


The recent free trade agreement with Chile creates new opportunities and challenges for the US forestry sector. Relative to the US South, Chile is highly competitive in the plantation forestry sector, faces many parallel environmental concerns in the natural forest sector, and serves as a laboratory for forest management and policy responses to water scarcity. Collaboration with Chile in research and education will enhance the global competence of students and faculty at North Carolina State University, thus contributing to US competitiveness. The NC State Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources has strong research and education programs across the spectrum of forest and water management issues, including intensive plantations, forest conservation, and watershed management. Thus, we are well positioned to build on the existing research linkages with Chile that faculty members have developed in the forestry sector.

Program Goals:
1. Expand faculty research on forest and water resources in Chile
2. Provide opportunities for students to gain international experience and learn about forestry in Chile
3. Inform the broader university community and the public about lessons, opportunities, and competition from Chile

The linkage program with Chile is funded through an ISE grant from USDA.




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