Renewable Natural 

Resources Foundation

Renewable Natural Resources Foundation (RNRF) recognizes that sustaining the Earth's renewable resources base will require a collaborative approach to problem solving using biological, physical and social sciences, and design and engineering disciplines.

RNRF's mission is to advance the application of science and related disciplines in decision-making, promote interdisciplinary collaboration, and educate policymakers and the public on managing and conserving renewable natural resources.


U.S. Withdraws from UNESCO Amid Criticism from Leading Scientific Organization


The United States has formally submitted its withdrawal from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Based in Paris, UNESCO director-general Irian Bokova expressed “profound regret” at the Trump Administration’s decision and highlighted key collaborations with “the United States Geological Survey, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with United States professional societies, to advance research for the sustainable management of water resources [and] agriculture.”

UNESCO is best known for designating heritage sites and biosphere reserves for protection and preservation but was founded on broader principals of combatting extremism and promoting peace.

Many observers have criticized the withdrawal as another blow to science and international collaboration from President Trump.

Rush Holt, CEO of American Association for the Advancement of Science, noted in a statement “the continued retrenchment of the U.S. administration from active participation in international diplomacy efforts and..."

Read more on RNRF's blog, The Renewable Resources Report.


To receive periodic news releases, announcements and links to complimentary issues of the Renewable Resources Journal CLICK HERE


Houston, We Have a Problem

"Higher Ground" Author David Conrad Discusses "Houston: Practical Solutions"

GoldstonThe RNRF Washington Round Table on Public Policy met with Association of State Floodplain Managers water policy consultant David Conrad at the Washington, D.C. office of the American Society of Landscape Architects on October 13, 2017. Conrad spoke about the challenges of crafting effective and impactful flood management policy at the national level. This talk was targeted towards solutions for Houston after Hurricane Harvey.

Conrad focused his talk on issues within the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). He observed that the vast majority of federal funds for the NFIP was going towards repetitive loss properties, with around 2% of properties claiming nearly 40% of NFIP funds. The best solution, therefore, is to buy back repetitive loss properties, ideally immediately after a recent storm. This would prevent losing more funds to reconstruct homes that will again be destroyed. Conrad also identified the "moral hazard" of subsidizing flood insurance costs for low-income households, as this may expose economically vulnerable people to untenable financial risk should their houses flood.

Additionally, Conrad noted that many of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) maps are inaccurate or out of date, and stressed the importance of updating flood maps to reflect actual risk. Maps also need to be developed for...

Conrad's presentation is available for download here.

Read more on RNRF's News page here.

What's new . . .

2017 RNRF Congress Registration Now Open


On December 13th in Washington, D.C., join delegates from across sectors and disciplines to examine the most critical issues faced by forest and wildland managers today.

RNRF’s 2017 Congress on Contemporary Issues in Forest and Wildland Management will explore six major topics:

Funding Continuity in the U.S. Government
Climate Change Adaptation

Multimedia Marketing for Natural Resources
Land-Use Planning Methodologies
Wildfire Risk Mitigation
Energy Development and Multiple Use

Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke will open the Congress, which will feature leading policy experts from an array of government and private sector organizations.

Register here. Early bird registration discounts are available until November 29th.

Connect with RNRF: