Graduate Student, Helena Murray’s Research Spotlighted – “Private forests, public benefits”

Graduate Student, Helena Murray’s Research Spotlighted – “Private forests, public benefits”

https://www.fs.fed.us/blogs/private-forests-public-benefits Private forests, public benefits Margee Haines Natural Resource Specialist, USDA Forest Service December 21, 2018 at 1:00pm Privately-owned forests provide water, recreational opportunities, timber and other forest products, as well as habitat for fish and wildlife. However, as forests become fragmented by roads or converted to development, the benefits they provide can be compromised or lost altogether. Now a new report is asking that we take a closer look at the economic contributions of the privately-owned forests – specifically, forests conserved through the USDA Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program (FLP). The FLP is one way that the Forest Service responds to land use changes that threaten rural communities and economies. Researchers from the University of Massachusetts and the Forest Service used national, regional, and statewide data to estimate annual timber harvest volumes and wood utilization, the value of maple syrup production, and annual use and trip spending for fishing, hunting and snowmobiling for FLP-conserved properties in four areas of the country: the Northeast, Northern Wisconsin and Michigan, Idaho and Western Montana, and...
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UMass Faculty Assumes Presidency of NEC-ISA

UMass Faculty Assumes Presidency of NEC-ISA

On 05 November 2018, Rick Harper, Extension Associate Professor, UMass Department of Environmental Conservation, became President of the New England Chapter of International Society of Arboriculture (NEC ISA), at the regional association’s annual conference in Mystic, CT.   With over 25,000 members, the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) is the world’s largest arboriculture association and is comprised of chapters from all around the globe. For over 50 years, the New England Chapter has been promoting the professional practice of arboriculture and fostering a greater awareness of the benefits of trees through ongoing programs and educational opportunities. The multi-day annual conference of the local 1000-member association offers exam preparation for arborist certification, CPR certification, and aerial rescue training, as well as lectures from world-renowned arboriculture experts. The New England Chapter also provides a generous scholarship program for students. 2018 recipients included UMass Amherst arboriculture and urban forestry student’s A.J. Elton and Jamie Lim.   In his remarks to the chapter, Harper said, “I am excited...
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