ULERNUpper Lakes Environmental Research Network (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada)
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"I'm very pleased to welcome Hearst to the ULERN network," said ULERN director Margo Shaw in a statement.
In 2002, ULERN helped Sault College get more funding than any college in Canada with three projects valued at $3.9 million.
Last year, ULERN was awarded the 2004 Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Environment Award, one of many acknowledgments the organization has garnered.
If a proposed forestry research technology park is eventually built in the Sault, ULERN can take a good chunk of the credit for their early spadework in helping develop a cohesive R & D cluster.
Last year, ULERN moved out of its Sault College digs into more high-profile space at the Great Lakes Forestry Centre on the city's waterfront.
Through ULERN's early years, their government research members funded the organization until it established a track record that attracted private sector partners such as Great Lakes Power, St.
But as government R & D funding criteria have changed, so has ULERN's focus.
ULERN staff are teaming up with the Thessalon First Nation to do field and greenhouse work in a former Ministry of Natural Resources nursery.
"It's been very instrumental in allowing us to do some of this research with our partners," says ULERN communications officer Craig Zimmerman.
NEBIE is being managed by ULERN with Sharon Cuddy serving as the project co-ordinator.
Although the money goes to ULERN, which is in charge of co-ordinating the project including hiring and paying out costs, Shaw says MNR is handling the scientific side of things.