The Forestland Group’s Chief Forester, Alex Finkral, was recently appointed to the Forestry Research Advisory Council (FRAC) by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. He joins the council which presents recommendations and advice to the Secretary on issues concerning natural resources.
FRAC, a statutory committee, was established in accordance with the Agriculture and Food Act of 1981 to provide advice to the Secretary on accomplishing the purposes of the McIntire-Stennis Act of 1962 that makes funding available to state agricultural experimental stations and to forestry schools and programs at the land grant colleges of agriculture for forestry research.
FRAC is chartered to have 20 members representing a) Federal and State agencies concerned with developing and utilizing the Nation’s forest resources; b) the forest industries; c) the forestry schools of the State-certified eligible institutions, and State agricultural experiment stations; and d) volunteer public groups concerned with forests and related natural resources. Members serve 3 year terms.
Dr. Finkral is the only current member representing a timberland investment management organization (TIMO) or real estate investment trust (REIT).