About Us

The Forest Biometrics Research Institute is a non-profit research organization operating under bylaws that adhere to the IRS 501(c)3 standards for tax-exempt research corporations. The IRS Letter of Determination has been awarded to FBRI. It was founded in 2003 and initially sponsored by Forest Biometrics, LLC and the University of Montana School of Forestry.

The Forest Biometrics Research Institute is:

  • Organized for advanced research, education and service in the field of forest biometrics;
  • Devoted to the advancement of scientifically grounded and verified forest biometrics practices and procedures in the forest industry; and,
  • Structured to serve the forestry profession and specifically forestry organizations in the West.

Forest Biometrics Research Institute Objectives:

  • Maintain and enhance a field-based research database of the major species, sites, stocking and silviculture found in the Western Regions of North America.
  • Incorporate all member-sponsored regional Cooperative Research results into regional libraries of growth, silviculture, genetics and vegetative management response information.
  • Maintain and enhance localized site, growth and taper libraries for all western species using the Forest Projection and Planning System tools as an initial basis.
  • Assist individual landowners in further localizing the regional species libraries.
    • Provides third-party, professional review and technical assistance for localizing yield projection estimates;
    • Provides a basis for obtaining third-party certification of growth projection methods for forest planning under SFI and FSC Programs; and,
    • Expands the research testing and evaluation of biometrics methods, databases and approaches as established by the Forest Biometrics Research Institute.
  • Assist individual landowners in developing long-term sustained yield analyses.
    • Provides third-party, professional review and technical assistance for local sustained yield potentials under various levels of management and investment;
    • Provides a basis for obtaining third-party certification of sustained yield harvest levels under SFI and FSC Programs;
    • Provides feedback to the Institute on changing goals and policies that may affect future research, database needs and model structures.
  • Promote annual review and ranking of biometrics research priorities and goals.