The Pine Integrated Network: Education, Mitigation, and Adaptation project, better known as PINEMAP, began in 2012 when Tim Martin, professor of tree physiology at the University of Florida, along with representatives from 11 southeastern land-grant universities and a host of other research cooperatives, proposed a five-year research project to determine how changes to climate could affect pine forests in the southeastern United States. In a story from Forest Business Networks, “according to Professor Thomas Fox, who serves as the lead principal investigator on the portion of the project in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment, PINEMAP initially had three main goals: research, outreach, and education. The project’s recent selection for a Partnership Award by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is recognition of the successful integration of those three missions.”
I have done work for several PINEMAP-related groups and found that they have provided very useful information on forest-related research and business in many different formats, including fact sheets, webinars and web resources. You can visit them at http://www.pinemap.com/ and read more about the award at http://www.forestbusinessnetwork.com/67013/massive-southeastern-pine-research-project-earns-national-partnership-award/.