An endowment in the Forest and Wildlife Research Center is assisting with the process of developing eco-friendly wood preservatives. Funded by a land gift from Harold C. and Claire Lucas, the endowment has been used to establish the Lucas Laboratory for Advanced Biodeterioration Research. The vision for the laboratory is to be a leading force in the development of environmentally friendly methods for understanding and controlling the biodeterioration of wood products. Through this endowment, scientists have the resources to study the complex process of wood biodeterioration. The result will be better ways to protect wood products. The lab also will study the positive side of wood decay processes.