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orestry comprises all facets of the creation, management, harvesting, conserving and repairing of wooded areas for habitat, timber, ecosystems and more. PIE Center research helps forestry organizations perform at their best, ensuring strong natural resources. Click on the project names below to read short summaries, download final reports, useful graphics and more.

forestrySouthern Group of State Foresters content analysis & evaluation

Faculty: Joy Rumble
Funded by: Southern Group of State Foresters

The Virginia Department of Forestry awarded the PIE Center a bid to conduct research for the Southern Group of State Foresters, which represents 13 southern states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The scope of the project included a content analysis of 15 Forest Action Plans, a communications evaluation and cross analysis of the Forest Action Plans, communications evaluation and the Southern Forest Futures Project. The content analysis and cross analysis analyzed the Forest Action Plans and Southern Forest Futures Project to see how well each fulfilled the requirements of the 2008 Farm Bill, which required a statewide assessment of forest resources, trends, conditions and threats, as well as a long-term statewide strategy for addressing threats and identifying necessary resources.

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Forestry projects

  • Southern Group of State Foresters content analysis & evaluation

    Faculty: Joy Rumble Funded by: Southern Group of State Foresters The Virginia Department of Forestry awarded the PIE Center a bid to conduct research for the Southern Group of State Foresters, which represents 13 southern states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The scope of the project included a content analysis of 15 Forest Action Plans, a communications evaluation and cross analysis of the Forest Action Plans, communications evaluation and the Southern Forest Futures Project. The content analysis and cross analysis analyzed the Forest Action Plans and Southern Forest Futures Project to see how well each fulfilled the requirements of the 2008 Farm Bill, which required a statewide assessment of forest resources, trends, conditions and threats, as well as a long-term statewide strategy for addressing threats and identifying necessary resources. Final report
  • Florida Forest Service focus groups & employee survey

    Funded by: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Coinciding with Florida Forest Services’ change from Division of Forestry (DOF), the organization commissioned the PIE Center to conduct focus groups to determine Florida residents’ perceptions of the forestry industry and FFS. Additionally, an online survey explored how FFS employees viewed the name change as well as other organizational characteristics. Final report  Executive summary  Dissertation
  • Florida Forest Service rebranding communications audit

    Funded by: Florida Department for Agriculture and Consumer Services Facing a legislative mandated name change, the Florida Forest Service (FFS), formerly known as the Florida Division of Forestry, approached the PIE Center about conducting a communications audit to help the organization begin the process of rebranding their name and logo. A communications audit is a thorough evaluation of an organization’s ability to transfer information to both external and internal audiences. Final report
  • Florida Forestry Association communications audit

    Faculty: Joy Rumble Funded by: Florida Forestry Association To help the organization continually communicate effectively, the Florida Forestry Association (FFA) approached the PIE Center about conducting a communications audit. The goal of an audit is to identify the strengths and weaknesses of an organization’s communication processes directly within the organization as well as with its stakeholders. Final report
  • Florida Forestry Association membership survey

    Faculty: Joy Rumble Funded by: Florida Forestry Association In the summer of 2011, the Florida Forestry Association (FFA) approached the PIE Center to conduct a membership survey to help the organization identify how to better serve the needs of current and potential members by understanding their perceptions of the organization, as well as the barriers and benefits of membership in FFA. Final report
  • Evaluation of Florida Forestry Teachers Tour

    Funded by: Florida Forestry Association Each year, the Florida Forestry Teachers’ Tour brings 45 teachers from across the state to Fernandina Beach to visit a research forest, privately-owned tree farm, paper mill, saw mill and chemical lab that manufactures fragrances from tree by-products. Learning that more than 5,000 products are made from trees, the teachers see how chemical by-products from the paper-making process are used in products like soap, fabrics and even food. Final report