USA

The USA was an active contributor to the Mie Workshop, fielding two representatives and being active in both plenary and working group discussions and presentations. It is expected that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service will support a representative from the USA model forest programme to speak at the up-coming workshop in Gunma Prefecture.

Currently, the USA is also collaborating with the IMFNS to explore options for the development of an information system which will facilitate and encourage information sharing. This project is being developed in the USA and is designed to support decision-making and to ease the identification of collaboration opportunities. The proposal is currently being reviewed by the US National Science Foundation. The IMFNS believes this development work could serve as a test bed for future information system development in the IMFN.