Located on the North Carolina State University campus in Raleigh, NC, the mission of the Cooperative is to economically increase forest productivity through the genetic manipulation of loblolly pine populations. The North Carolina State University - Cooperative Tree Improvement began in the mid-1950's, when a group of 11 charter members agreed to support research in forest genetics, selection, breeding and testing, and technology transfer for an initial five year period. This group of visionary industry leaders recognized the need to invest in the long-range regeneration of the forests they were harvesting in the Southeast. Over 50 years later, the Cooperative is still going strong, providing vital research to the forestry industry. Enhanced productivity through breeding, selecting, and deploying superior loblolly pine families is a major goal of the Cooperative.