Family Forest Research Center Hosts International Forestry Conference

Science for Solutions The Family Forest Research Center will be hosting the International Union of Forest Research Organizations Small-scale Forestry working group 2012 conference September 24th through the 27th.  Roughly 85 participants from 18 countries will convene in the UMass Conference Services facilities at the Campus Center in Amherst.  The conference will feature 64 talks ranging from "Economic and Behavioral Factors Motivating Private Afforestation Decisions in Ireland" to "Influence of the Household and Farm Attributes on Management Adoption of Smallholder Timber Production Systems in Gunungkidul Region, Indonesia". Keynote speakers USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry Deputy Chief, James Hubbard, American Forest Foundation Senior Vice President for Conservation, Jerry Greenberg, and Small Woodland Owners of Maine Executive Director, Tom Doak will address the group, highlighting what forest scientists are doing to address the issues and challenges confronting small-scale forest owners around the world. The event will also feature a pre-conference workshop September 22nd & 23rd on Social Network Analysis, led by UMass Sociology professor...
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Informing Community Decisions through the Inventory of Local Lands Course

Like many communities in Massachusetts, the town of Deerfield owns land, but the citizens aren’t sure what is on it or what their conservation options are.  They need information about their natural resources to make an informed decision that is right for the land and their community.  This spring semester, the “Natural Resources Inventory of Local Lands” class gave them the information they need to move forward. Travis Buck, Fletcher Clark, Wynne Clark, Tyler Davidson, and Jess Ruebesam designed and implemented inventories to gather data on wildlife populations and forest vegetation.  They analyzed the data and produced a professional report for the town of Deerfield.  View the report.  In addition, the students presented their findings at a public meeting attended by the town’s selectboard, open space committee, landowners and interested citizens.  After the presentation, the students answered questions, informing the community’s discussion of the future of this property. Not only were the students able to put into practice the theories and techniques...
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Tornado Micro-climate Effects Featured on WFCR-New England Public Radio

New England Public Radio/WFCR recently featured a segment on the results of a micro-climate study undertaken in the tornado impact zone of Springfield, MA. The study, completed by David Bloniarz, Adjunct Assistant Professor and US Forest Service Research Scientist, along with Robert Brooks, a Forest Service Research Scientist stationed at UMass, examined the effects of the loss of trees in Springfield on temperature and humidity in tornado damaged areas of the city, resulting from the June 1st storm. The segment can be heard at http://tinyurl.com/crp224o. The June 1 tornados destroyed numerous homes and buildings….and also tore out of the ground hundreds of trees. While a typical neighborhood in Springfield has about 40 percent of its streets covered by a tree canopy, the tornado-impacted-zone now has only one percent tree cover. As a result, the micro-climate of some neighborhoods has changed – according to a new study by the US Department of agriculture’s forest service. Researchers found that the temperature in tornado...
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