2011 Accomplishment Report: International Institute of Tropical Forestry

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The International Institute of Tropical Forestry (the Institute) is a tropical forestry research and technologytransfer institute. It is located in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, and has a long and productive history.Created in 1939 as the Tropical Forest Experiment Station in cooperation with the University of Puerto Rico,the Institute has been in operation continually for 72 years. The Institute serves as a focal point for bringing externalresearch and educational resources to bear on issues affecting tropical forests and grasslands. Because of the highdiversity of tropical landscapes and the multicultural and multilingual user base, Institute employees must havespecialized knowledge and skills in several fields. Our assets include an exceptional cadre of bilingual and trilingualscientists, natural resources managers, professionals, technicians, state-of-the-art facilities, laboratories, experimental research forests, an excellent tropical forestry library, a long tradition of collaborations, and constituents who arehighly supportive of our mission and programs.