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Our History

The Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center (ACRC) is a relatively new institute housed at the University of Alaska Southeast, in Juneau. ACRC builds science partnerships across the north Pacific temperate rainforest region. We facilitate the development of large-scale research programs and infrastructure in support of transboundary ecosystem research, and we link community needs with applied science to drive local economic development and regional sustainability. Our many partners include federal, state, non-profit, and tribal organizations throughout the Chugach, Tongass and Great Bear rainforests.

ACRC began in 2009 as a collaborative effort to expand and enhance education and research opportunities among six cooperating partners: the University of Alaska Southeast, University of Alaska Fairbanks, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, the U.S. Forest Service Alaska Region, and the City and Borough of Juneau. Funding for ACRC currently comes from the three University of Alaska campuses, the US Forest Service, and other government and private grants. Our office is in the U.S. Forest Service Juneau Forestry Sciences Laboratory, adjacent to the UAS campus.


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