Mac Cloyes, Junior Urban Forestry Major, Selected to Present in National Conference

Urban Forestry Student to Present Research at National Conference Mac Cloyes, a junior Urban Forestry major, has been invited to present his research, "Damage Inflicted on Climbing Ropes by Handsaws," at the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research in April at the University of Montana (http://ncur.org). Mac's project, supervised by Dr. Brian Kane, was chosen from over 2,600 submissions. According to the selection panel, Mac's, "abstract displayed a unique contribution to [his] field of study." ...
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Spring Seminar Series Announced

Unless noted otherwise, seminars will meet from 12:20 to 1:10 on Fridays in Holdsworth 305 12-Feb -  Katie Friday -  USDA Forest Service Mangroves, sediments, and water: impacts of urban development and global change 19-Feb - Raymond Bradley - University of Massachusetts Natural Archives, Changing Climates 26-Feb  - Jon Goguen -  University of Massachusetts, Medical School Plague and other wildlife diseases readily transmitted to humans: biology, ecology, and safety 5-Mar -  J.B. Friday -  University of Hawaii Restoring native Acacia koa forests in Hawaii 12-Mar - Linda Deegan -  Marine Biological Laboratory - Trouble on the Edge: Coastal Ecosystems in Times of Change 26-Mar - Katherine Sims - Amherst College Payments for Ecosystem Services in Mexico:Socioeconomic and Environmental Impacts 2-Apr -  Hui-Yu Wang - University of Massachusetts Life history variation of fishes: formation and implications for fisheries management 9 - Apr - Scott Jackson - University of Massachusetts Assessing and Mitigating the Impacts of Road-Stream Crossings on Aquatic Organism Passage 16 - Apr Liba Pejchar - Colorado State University Avian frugivores,...
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Research Based Extension Publication has Regional Impact

  Our forests provide many public benefits. 73% of the forests in the Northeast are ‘family forests’, owned by individuals and families. Reaching these tens of thousands of family forest owners with research based information to help inform their decisions about the management and protection of their land is critical to maintaining the benefits that flow from these lands at the present time and into the future.   Paul Catanzaro, an extension forester in the Department of Natural Resources Conservation, working in collaboration with Anthony D’Amato, PhD student at the time and current Assistant Professor of Silviculture at the University of Minnesota, developed a research based outreach publication titled, “High Grade Harvesting: Understand the Impacts, Know Your Options.”   High grade harvesting, or “high grading”, is a practice in which mainly the valuable high quality trees are removed, leaving behind a wood-lot of predominantly low-quality, low-value, slow growing trees, and resulting in negative financial impacts that can last decades.   Concerned about the impacts of high grading, the NY Chapter...
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Visiting colleague from the USDA Forest Service Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry

Katie Friday will be stationed with the USDA Forest Service in Amherst while on a six-month detail from the USDA Forest Service Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry in Hilo, Hawaii. Ms. Friday is the Pacific Islands Cooperative Forester with Region 5 State and Private Forestry and manages educational and cooperative programs in Hawaii and the American-affiliated Pacific. Her current programs include: the State-Wide Assessments and Resource Strategies for Hawaii, the Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands a professional internship program allowing in-service training for staff of island forestry agencies at island Universities writing and editing criteria and indicator briefs for a Pacific Island report to supplement the national Forest Sustainability 2010 report. Ms. Friday’s projects have included training for forestry staff in the Pacific on agroforestry, management of mangrove forests, invasive species management, and ecosystem restoration. While in New England, Ms. Friday looks forward to learning more about operational and funding models in the Northeast that...
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Visiting colleague from the University of Hawaii

J. B. Friday will be joining NRC this semester while on a six-month sabbatical from the University of Hawaii. Dr. Friday is the extension forester at UH and works in Hawaii and the Pacific. Some of his recent projects have included native forest restoration, thinning of overstocked timber stands, coffee shade systems, and non-industrial tree farms. The Hawaii forestry community includes professional foresters and resource managers, small and large private landowners, non-industrial tree farmers, and Native Hawaiians. The forestry extension program has been exploring the use of web and video technology to reach a dispersed audience in addition to traditional field days and conferences. Dr. Friday’s current research is on the management of secondary stands of Hawaii’s native timber tree, Acacia koa. While in New England Dr. Friday will be learning about the Keystone program for non-industrial forest landowners and other similar programs throughout New England and designing a program to meet Hawaii’s unique needs. E-mail jbfriday@hawaii.edu University of Hawaii Forestry Extension...
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