The effective use of science in decision making depends not only on the integrity of the process for developing new science, but on the review and synthesis of existing science, and the relevance, access to, and usability of integrated science-based information to specific plan, management, or policy decisions.
Our mission is to provide access to integrated knowledge and information to inform natural resource decision making and develop solutions in the context of sustainability.
The Institute for Natural Resources (INR) was established by the Oregon Legislature in 2001 through the Oregon Sustainability Act. INR is a cooperative enterprise of Oregon’s public universities tasked to link the scientific knowledge and expertise of universities and other research entities with natural resource decision making. See Oregon statute ORS 352.239.
Role within Oregon’s Public Universities
Oregon State University (OSU) is INR’s lead institutional home. INR is located on both the OSU and Portland State University (PSU) campuses, and has Vice Presidents of Research from these universities and the University of Oregon on its advisory board.
As a research institute, INR helps decision makers identify and use relevant science in making natural resource policy and management decisions. At INR’s foundation is the land grant mission – building synergy and connections between research and practice, and communicating knowledge and uncertainty to decision makers, communities, and the public.
Merger with the Institute for Water and Watersheds
INR has recently merged with the OSU Institute for Water and Watersheds (IWW) to expand the focus on water-related issues. IWW is the state water resources research institute for Oregon and is one of the 54 state- or territory-based institutes established by the 1964 Federal Water Resources Research Act. In this role IWW serves similar integrative functions to INR, but focused on water resources research and education. Paired with INR’s data and information management and accessibility functions, the merger of INR and IWW expands our ability to address multi-agency and multi-disciplinary resource issues.
Through the merger, INR and IWW share an advisory board, staff, and continue to carry out our related mission of informing natural resources decision making.
The INR 2013-2017 Strategic Plan can be found here.
INR and the Institute for Water and Watersheds (IWW) share an advisory board. The INR-IWW advisory board is comprised of members representing Oregon's public universities; federal, state and local government; private industry; and non-governmental organizations. The board is instrumental in helping to develop our mission and strategic plan, and in contributing to the identification of our key focus areas.
Bill Boggess, Associate Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences (OSU)
Faye Chadwell, Don and Delpha Campbell University Librarian and OSU Press Director (OSU)
Dar Crammond, Director, USGS Oregon Water Science Center
Steve Emery, CEO, Earth2o
Vice President for Research and Strategic Partnerships (PSU)
Roy Haggerty, Associate Vice President for Research (OSU)
Sue Kupillas, Allied Solutions by Kupilas, LLC, managing the Rogue Valley Clean Cities Coalition and Communities for Healthy Forests, Inc. (former Jackson County Commissioner)
Chris Lauver, Co-Leader PNW Cooperative Ecosystems Study Unit and National Park Service Research Coordinator
Esther Lev, Director of The Wetlands Conservancy
Thomas Maness, Dean, College of Forestry (OSU)
Rob Miller, Mt. Jefferson Farms
Jason Miner, Oregon Governor’s Natural Resource Policy Director
Cass Moseley, Associate Vice President for Research; Director, Institute for Sustainable Environment (UO)
Scott Reed, Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement (OSU)
Todd Rosenstiel, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Science (PSU)
Cynthia Sagers, Vice President of Research (OSU)
Cy Smith, Director of the Oregon Department of Administrative Services Geospatial Enterprise Office
Mark Sytsma, Director, Center for Lakes and reservoirs (PSU)
Sara Vickerman, Citizen at large
The Institute for Natural Resources and the Institute for Water and Watersheds (INR-IWW) are engaged in a number of multi-agency and multi-institutional efforts.