The council shall appoint a Forest Resources Research Advisory Committee. Notwithstanding section 15.059, the council does not expire. The committee must consist of representatives of:
(1) the College of Natural Resources, University of Minnesota;
(2) the Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota;
(3) the department;
(4) the North Central Forest Experiment Station, United States Forest Service; and
(5) other organizations as deemed appropriate by the council.
The purpose of the advisory committee is to foster the identification and undertaking of priority forest resources research activities by encouraging:
(1) collaboration between organizations with responsibilities for conducting forest resources research;
(2) linkages between researchers in different disciplines in conducting forest resources research; and
(3) interaction and communication between researchers and practitioners in the development and use of forest resources research.
The advisory committee shall periodically undertake an assessment of strategic directions in forest resources research. The assessment must be based on input provided by administrators, researchers, practitioners, and the general public, and include:
(1) an assessment of the current status of forestry resources research in the state;
(2) an identification of important forest resource issues in need of research;
(3) an identification of priority forest research activities whose results will enable a better understanding of site-level and landscape-level impacts resulting from timber harvesting and forest management activities; and
(4) an assessment of the progress toward addressing the priority forest resources research needs identified.
The forest resources research assessment must be made widely available to the research community, forest managers and users, and the public.
Based on the priority forest resources research activities identified in subdivision 3, the advisory committee shall promote these research needs and the dissemination of findings to the research community, forest managers and users, and the public.
The advisory committee shall periodically facilitate forums to increase communications between the individuals and organizations conducting forest resources research and the users of the research.
The advisory committee shall report to the council its accomplishments in fulfilling the responsibilities identified in this section.