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What is the Lasting Forests Line?

Since before the emergence of the Land-Grant University concept and that of an Extension Service, there has been an emphasis on teaching, research, and extension or some generalized concept of "outreach," application, service, and relevant use of knowledge. This three part concept has been viewed by many in different ways - simply as 3 fingers held up in speeches, 3 arrow-related corners of a triangle, and as a triangle balanced, teetering, on a point near the center of gravity among the three topics at the corners of the triangle.

New pressures from regions of education-quality, educational technology, energy-shortage risks, tax bases, student numbers, modes of publication, and a changing work force now have reshaped that mage. It is hardly recognizable. Simple analogies and forms no longer are relevant.

We believe we see a new pattern that is needed and are beginning to test and develop a solution system for the near future. We call it the Lasting Forests Line (hereinafter the Line). It is a cascade of meaningful work over many years. It includes meaningful work for high school junior and seniors during summers; co-op-like work for students in the college (work-study on campus); MS and Ph.D. degree projects as requested and contracted with Lasting Forests (especially for those having done co-op work); and contracted post-graduate employment for at least one year to test, prove, and make operational the thesis or project results from the contract.

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