A fundamental aspect of the research conducted by the Cooperative is a focus on the future. With encouragement and support from cooperators, our strategy has been to aggressively build the research base of the program. Research conducted by the Cooperative is consistent with the priorities identified in the Cooperative Strategic Plan.

Research coordinated by the NCSU Cooperative staff focuses on subjects and issues that aim to improve production and efficiency, while strengthening the scientific and forest community's understanding of the species. The Cooperative's current research efforts can by divided into four categories. Each category has a general description of the research efforts as well as links to summaries of current research being conducted in each area.