The Sustainable Forest Management Unit (abbreviated to UXFS, from the initials of the Galician name) is a forestry group that undertakes research activities, as well as projects and studies for private businesses and Governmental Organizations.
The UXFS was created at the end of 2001 by researchers in the Departments of Agricultural and Forestry Engineering, Crop Production, and Edaphic and Chemical Agronomy, who had regularly collaborated in forestry projects and studies. Since 2002, the UXFS has belonged to the official Research Groups of the University of Santiago de Compostela (code GI-1837-UXFS) and official Research Groups of Galician RD System (code 09IDI1794). It has been classified as a Competitive Reference Research Group under the Galician University System in 2006-2009 (DOG- Official Gazette of Galicia, 13/12/2006) and 2011-13 (DOG, 19/09/2011) and 2014-2015 (DOG, 17/10/14) founded by Galician Government and cofounded by ERDF.
The UXFS is constituted by permanent staff (ten research lecturers including forest engineers, biologist and agronomical engineers assistant professors), a varied group of students, support staff and several collaborators from different Spanish universities (Universities of León and Oviedo) as well as foreign universities (Göttingen University, Germany; Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA; Juárez de Durango University, México) and research centres (CSIC, Santiago de Compostela; INIA, Madrid). The Unit also maintains ongoing contacts with other Spanish and foreign universities and research centres.