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.
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.