Renewable Natural 

Resources Foundation

Renewable Natural Resources Foundation's mission is to advance the application of science and related disciplines to improve decision-making, interdisciplinary collaboration, and educating policymakers and the public about conserving renewable natural resources.

RNRF recognizes that sustaining the Earth's renewable resources base will require a collaborative approach to problem solving using biological, physical and social sciences, and design and engineering disciplines.


RNRF Announces Special Edition of the Renewable Resources Journal: 2017 Congress on Contemporary Issues in Forest and Wildland Management


Forests and wildlands in the U.S. are under unprecedented pressures from climate change, budget constraints, and human development. These challenging new conditions are changing the way that citizens, land-management professionals and policymakers think about forest and wildland management practices.

RNRF’s latest congress report highlights the insight of leaders working on the cutting edge of resource management. Major discussion points include:

The USDA Forest Service’s role in managing public lands, and newly appointed chief Tony Tooke’s ambition for strengthening the agency’s collaboration with other agencies, the private sector, NGOs, and the public.

Central challenges and practical solutions resource managers must accommodate as they attempt to anticipate climate change in their management plans.

How advances in multimedia marketing can be utilized to foster support for natural resources.

The epic multi-state endeavor to protect the greater sage-grouse and the lessons it can teach us for the future of energy development and conservation.

How are forest mangers anticipating and incorporating future impacts of climate change and community needs into revised forest plans as they plan for the future.

Common misconceptions surrounding the fire-prone wildland-urban interface (WUI), and how a stronger sociological understanding of WUI inhabitants could lead to more effective fire risk mitigation efforts.

To download a free copy of the report click here.

Read more on RNRF's blog, The Renewable Resources Report.


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Geological Society of America Issues New Position Statement: Geoscience and Energy Policy


GSA’s governing Council approved a new position statement, Geoscience and Energy Policy, at its October 2017 meeting in Seattle, Washington. "This has been a long time coming," said GSA President Isabel Montañez. "I would like to thank the committee for their thoughtful work and GSA members for their valuable input. We have a document that we can be proud of." The position statement summarizes the importance of the geosciences in developing fundamental data upon which sound energy policy should be based and the contributions geoscientists can make to the framing of energy policy.

Current Chair of GSA's Geology and Public Policy Committee (GPPC), Art Snoke, noted that energy issues in particular have relevance to, and are debated, at many levels of society and government. According to the new statement, "Most energy sources have important and distinct geologic factors that should be considered when analyzing the life-cycle impacts related to exploration, extraction, development, operations, human consumption, waste disposal, decommissioning, and reclamation."

The new position paper states, "Development of a comprehensive energy policy that significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions is essential for the future economic vitality, environmental well-being, and health and security of the citizens of the United States as well as other nations. Geoscientists locate, quantify, and help develop energy resources, and, along with professionals in other disciplines, assess and mitigate the impact of energy-resource development, operations, and use on the environment. Accordingly, input from geoscientists must be an integral part of all energy policy deliberations." 

Read more on the RNRF News page here.

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RNRF is soliciting nominations for the 2018 Sustained Achievement, Outstanding Achievement, and Excellence in Journalism Awards. Find out more here.

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