Case Studies in Conservation: Classroom Learning, Real World Impact (with video)

Two-thirds of Massachusetts is forested and over 75 percent of our forests are owned by families and individuals. Every day, over 40 acres of Massachusetts open space (forests and fields) is developed. The average age of a family forest owner in Massachusetts is approximately 60 years old. In the coming years, much of our woodlands will be passing hands from one generation to the next. How these woods are passed on will have a significant impact on our future forests and the benefits they provide. The “Case Studies of Conservation” course http://forest.fnr.umass.edu/conservation/default.htm taught by Dave Kittredge http://eco.umass.edu/index.php/people/faculty/kittredge-david-b and offered in the NRC department offers students the opportunity to learn more about the people who own most of our landscape, the tools available to conserve these lands, and the opportunity to meet and interact with conservation professionals from across the state. The course also offers students the chance to have a real world impact on land conservation. A requirement of the course is...
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Results of Tree Climbing Competition (with Videos)

On April, 19, 2008, students in the Arboriculture & Community Forestry program organized  and competed in a tree climbing jamboree today in the large trees  near the Clark Memorial on Orchard Hill. Eleven students competed in  four events: work climb, in which climbers move through the tree  simulating pruning tasks; belayed speed climb, in which climbers  scramble 40' up the tree; secured footlock, in which climbers ascend  the rope without touching the tree; and throwline, in which climbers  set their climbing ropes high into the canopy of a tree. The students showed great enthusiasm, mutual support, and excellent  skills as they undertook each task, while judges (including many  alumni) rated their performance. The overall winner was Kyle McCabe,  a freshman; Dan Watkins, a junior, took second, and Rich Bailey  (sophomore) and Marcy Gladdys (senior) tied for third place. Vendors  and tree care companies from throughout New England donated nearly  $2,000 worth of prizes, enough that every competitor took home  something...
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Soniferous Fish Research Highlighted in NY Times

NY Times cites recent research by several scientists working in the field.  Be sure to go to the video link!  (oops, you may notice the NY Times misidentified some of the fish pictures).   http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/08/science/08fish.html?ex=1208318400&en=c81b1195b68e2f90&ei=5070&emc=eta1 The story was also picked up on Comedy Central with a clip from the Colbert Report. (Go to the video link labeled Tip/Wag Rain).  http://www.comedycentral.com/colbertreport/videos.jhtml?episodeId=164900 Click on Rodney Rountree's Soniferous main page to find out more about passive acoustics and fish sounds. Cusk-eel information can be found on the cusk-eel page and in the "Listening to Fishes"  e-book.   ...
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Arboriculture students place 2nd in competition

A team of Stockbridge students recently went to Georgia for the PLANET Student Career Days, sponsored by the Professional Landcare Network. They were new to this competition, but that didn’t hinder them from making a great showing: placing second out of 41 teams in the arboriculture event.  Dan Cohen and Chris Pineau, juniors in the Urban and Community Forestry program participated in the arboriculture competition. Pineau, who placed second in the tree climbing event, had the following comments: "The PLANET competition was great place to send student for a variety of experiences that would not occur on campus. The opportunities were pretty much endless from meeting new folks to getting jobs or just explore a different part of the country. I introduced my self to several employers and interviewed with one company. It was also great to see how well our professors have educated/trained us, it was really obvious during the competition." For more information see story at http://www.umass.edu/giving/news/article/26/....
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BMAWT student receives Senior Leadership Award

Congratulations to Devon Brooks (senior in BMATWT, 2008) for being awarded the prestigious Senior Leadership Award. Only a select few student receive this award from various disciplines across campus. Senior Leadership Award The Senior Leadership Award recognizes graduating seniors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the UMass Amherst community. Award recipients have distinguished themselves through important contributions to student organizations and campus jobs, through academic excellence, and through public and community service....
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