Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center
The Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center (HTIRC) is a collaborative regional research, development and technology transfer effort between industry, university, private, state and federal entities to advance tree improvement of central hardwoods for increased forest productivity in hardwood restoration and reforestation programs.


USDA Forest Service Conducts 10 Year Review of HTIRC

Welcome Dr. Carrie Pike!

The HTIRC is a partnership between the USDA Forest Service, Purdue University, and many other partnering organizations and individuals. A list of our partners is available on our website at . In October of 2015, the USDA Forest Service conducted a 10 year review of the HTIRC program and the research and outreach work performed by Forest Service staff in the center. The purpose of this review is to examine the current direction of work, adjust efforts to meet future needs, and plan for personnel and resources required in the future to continue to meet the HTIRC mission to advance the science of hardwood tree improvement, genomics, physiology, protection, and utilization in the hardwood region of the United States.

Dr. Carolyn “Carrie” Pike has accepted a position as regeneration specialist for the US Forest Service Northeastern Area’s Forest Management Program. She has extensive experience with tree breeding, conducting applied research, and with establishing and analyzing common garden studies. Her primary duties will be delivering technical assistance to State nurseries in the Northeast and Midwest, and providing advice on genetics and restoration programs nationwide through the Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetic Resources program. Carrie is based at Purdue University and the HTIRC is very pleased to have opportunities to collaborate with her. Her full position announcement can be viewed here.





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