and implementing the specific recommendations will improve existing research and education efforts, direct resources to critical needs, and provide for a healthy and vigorous forestry-research base to address future challenges.
The next step for progress to be made will require implementation of detailed suggestions contained in this report. It will take a cooperative effort of university, federal, state, and private research interest groups to actively pursue the means to implement these recommendations. The analyses summarized here and the concomitant recommendations will enhance the nation's forestry-research capacity. Follow through is required to ensure interorganizational cooperation, adequate funding, administrative tracking, educational excellence, and, most important, strong research capacity. The future of forests and of their capacity to play their accustomed roles in natural resources and social landscapes throughout the world will depend on national ability to: develop better knowledge; use that knowledge to address issues of economic, environmental, and social importance; deliver the knowledge to forest landowners and managers; and measure and monitor our progress toward achieving our universal goals.