Nov. 28, 2012 – Thomas Fox and Harold Burkhart received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue their work with the NSF Center for Advanced Forestry Systems through 2016. The NSF Center for Advanced Forestry Systems was formed in 2007 and has become is the largest Industry/University cooperative research center sponsored by NSF. The Center for Advanced Forestry Systems links the Forest Productivity Cooperative and the Forest Modeling Research Cooperative at Virginia Tech with other forestry research programs at NC State, the University of Georgia, University of Florida, Purdue, University of Maine, University of Idaho, University of Washington and Oregon State University. The overall goal of the program is to conduct the basic research needed to understand the fundamental factors determining forest productivity and sustainability and then conduct the translational research that will produce management tools needed by forestry in the United States to remain globally competitive. Tom Fox serves as the Virginia Tech site director for the CAFS program.