Precision Forestry Cooperative


Mission: development of advanced technology solutions to improve the quality & reliability of information needed for planning, implementation & monitoring of ecological resources, to ensure sustainable landscape outcomes on forests, wetlands, meadows and wildlife habitats. Vision: engagement with technology, environmental, public & non-profit sectors in fulfillment of our mission.

Directed by Dr. L. Monika Moskal (2013-present), the Precision Forestry Cooperative (PFC) was founded by the State of Washington legislature in 1999 as part of the Washington State Advanced Technology Initiative (ATI). The University of Washington (Seattle, Washington, land of the Duwamish and Coast Salish people), College of the Environment, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, created the PFC to conduct pioneering research in forest  management at a new scale of resolution and accuracy with the goal of producing economic & environmental benefits. The PFC is comprised of three research laboratories & one research group:

PFC Organizational Chart –click for full size

PFC has a staff team that collaborates across all of the PFC labs, the team includes: Jeff Comnik, Andrew Cooke, Maureene Dunne, Jonathan Kane, Saba Saberi. Moreover, the PFC has strong collaborations with the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station  through Dr. Hans-Erik Andersen – past PFC researcher, Bob McGaughey and Dr. Jocob Strunk – also a past PFC graduate; their lab is located across the hall from the PFC lab. We also work with the USGA through Dr. Christian Torgersen, who is housed in SEFS Anderson Hall. PFC has an active Advisory Board comprising of private, public and non-profit sectors.