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About the Rural Technology Initiative

Mission: Empower the existing infrastructure to use better technology in rural areas for managing forests for increased product and environmental values in support of local communities.

  RTI (Rural Technology Initiative) was established in January 2000 by a federal grant as a pilot project to accelerate the implementation of new technologies in rural forest resource-based communities. Increasing complexity from changing environmental regulations, such as the Forest and Fish Agreement in Washington State, and the recognition that new research findings are well ahead of implementation suggested the need for more rapid technology transfer. Efforts to mitigate the substantial widening gap between urban and rural incomes depend upon more successful technology transfer as well. University of Washington (UW) and Washington State University (WSU) Cooperative Extension developed RTI as a cooperative program with the support of a Rural Advisory Board. Funding was made possible by a Congressional Appropriation through USDA - Forest Service Cooperative Programs  

For more information about RTI, check out the following pages.


  • Bruce Lippke, Director
    University of Washington
    (206) 616-3218

  • Don Hanley, Program Developer
    Extension Forester
    WSU Cooperative Extension
    (206) 685-4960

Working together

School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
USDA Forest Service State & Private Forestry
WSU Cooperative Extension
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