2023 NESAF Annual Meeting Program

Forestry Through the Looking Glass: A Prism of Possibilities

March 14-16, 2023
Nashua, NH

Hosted by NESAF Granite State Division
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Tuesday, March 14
TimeSessionRoomPresentation Topic/TitleSpeakersCEUs
8:00 am - 5:00 pmBallroom FoyerRegistration
8:00 am - 5:00 pmAshwood CourtPosters on Display, with Poster Session 12:30 - 1:30
8:00 am - 5:00 pmWentworthVendors, raffle, silent auction, coffee & refreshments
9:30 - 11:30 amOpening Plenary - Forestry Through the Looking Glass: A Prism of PossibilitiesBallroom
Center & South
9:30 - 10:00 Introductions and WelcomeAdam Moore, NESAF Chair, Executive Director,Sheriff's Meadow Foundation
Terry Baker, SAF, CEO
Alexa Kosalek, GSD/SAF Chair, District Forester, LandVest
Steven Roberge, General Chair, UNH Extension
10:00 - 11:00 Forests Adrift: Challenges Facing Northeastern ForestsCharles Canham, Senior Scientist Emeritus, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
11:00 - 11:30 Discussion and Call to ActionNicole Rogers, Assistant Professor of Silviculture, UMaine
11:30 am - 1:30 pmWentworthBreak and Grab-and-Go Lunches
12:00 - 1:00 pmBallroom NorthNESAF Business Meeting
12:30 - 1:30 pmAshwood CourtPoster Session
1:30- 3:00 pmOld Growth Ecology & ManagementBallroom North1:30 - 2:15 Old Growth EcologyNeil Pederson, Senior Ecologist, Harvard Forest
Shawn Fraver, Associate Professor, UMaine
2:15 - 3:00 Old Growth ManagementTony D'Amato, Professor, Director of Forestry Program and Director of Research Forests, UVM
Paul Catanzaro, Professor & State Extension Forester, UMass
Two-eyed Seeing - Indigenous and Western Knowledge in ForestryBallroom
Center & South
1:30 - 2:00 Principles of Right Relationships with Indigenous PartnersAndrew StrongBearHeart Gaines, Jr., Cultural Steward, Nipmuc Citizen, and Creative Director of NO LOOSE BRAIDS
Jennifer Albertine
, Climate and Land Justice Specialist, Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust
2:00 - 2:30 Tribal Engagement - Working Collaboratively in EAB Response and Climate Resilience PlanningTyler Everett, Mi'kmaq Nation Tribal Citizen, PhD Student, UMaine
2:30 - 3:00 Managing Forests to Promote Water Quality and Culturally Significant SpeciesChuck Loring, Jr., Director, Penobscot Nation Dept of Natural Resources
Workforce Challenges and OpportunitiesBalsam1:30 - 2:00 Forest Industry Workforce OverviewRyan Wallace, Former Director of Maine Center for Business and Economic Research1.5
2:00 - 2:10 Recruitment and Retention in an Integrated Forest Management CompanyAlex Barrett, Forestry Division Manager, Long View Forest
2:10 - 2:30 Vermont Forest Economy Workforce InitiativesChristine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
2:30 - 2:40 New Hampshire Forest Career Field DayCheri Birch, Program Dir., NH Timberland Owners Assoc.
2:40 - 3:00 Q&A with speakers
Wildlife and Forestry on the LandscapeBedford1:30 - 2:00 The Loss of Keystone Species and Implications for ForestsJohn Scanlon, Wildlife Biologist, Retired Dir. of MassWild1.5
2:00 - 2:30 The Importance of American Chestnut to Wildlife, and Techniques for its Reintroduction into our ForestsCharlie Moreno, Forester, Moreno Forestry
2:30 - 3:00 Songbirds in the Sugarwoods: Assessing the Impacts of Forest Structure and Diversity on Bird Communities in Vermont SugarbushesLiza Morse, Graduate Student, UVM
Tuesday, March 14 (continued)
TimeSessionRoomPresentation Topic/TitleSpeakersCEUs
3:00 - 3:30 pmBreak
3:30 - 5:00 pmOld Growth in Public DiscourseBallroom North3:30 - 4:15 Old Growth in Public DiscourseFrank Cervo, Service Forester, CT Dept of Energy & Environmental Protection
Andrea Urbano, Private & Municipal Lands Supervisor, CT Dept of Energy & Environmental Protection
4:15 - 5:00 Panel DiscussionNeil Pederson, Harvard Forest; Shawn Fraver, UMaine; Tony D'Amato, UVM; Paul Catanzaro, UMass; Frank Cervo, CT DEEP; Andrea Urbano, CT DEEP
Women Landowners are Decision Makers, Are You Listening?Ballroom South3:30 - 3:35 IntroductionHaley Andreozzi, Wildlife Conservation State Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension1.5
3:35 - 3:50 Putting Women Landowners in Context: a Research UpdateOlivia Lukacic, Land Conservation Specialist, The Trustees of Reservations
3:50 - 4:05 Attitudes, Behaviors, and Barriers: Understanding Women Forestland Owners and Managers in New HampshireAmy Gaudreau, Forest Stewardship Outreach Program Manager, UNH Cooperative Extension
4:05 - 4:20 Women Owning Woodlands (WOW) Vermont Program SuccessCaitlin Cusack, Forester, Vermont Land Trust
Nancy Patch, County Forester, Vermont Dept of Forests, Parks, and Recreation
4:20 - 5:00 Landowner stories, discussion, and reflectionHaley Andreozzi, Wildlife Conservation State Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension
Long-term Climate ResearchBalsam3:30 - 4:00 Ice Storm ProjectLindsay Rustad, Research Ecologist and Acting Director, USDA Northeast Climate Hub, Forest Service1.5
4:00 - 4:30 Seven years of experimental drought: Ecophysiological responses in a New Hampshire pine-oak forestMatthew Vadeboncoeur, Research Scientist, UNH
4:30 - 5:00 Climate Change Across SeasonsPamela Templer, Professor, Dept of Biology, Boston University
People and Forests Through TimeBedford3:30 - 4:00 What are People Thinking about Sustaining Benefits from the Northern Forest?Julie Renaud Evans, Program Director, Northern Forest Center1.5
4:00 - 4:30 Hidden in the Woods: A Summary of Pre-Contact Archaeology in New HampshireJacob Tumelaire, Director and Principal Investigator, Independent Archaeological Consulting LLC
4:30 - 5:00 Creating Resilient Riparian Forests to Protect Source Water in the Merrimack River WatershedKarl Honkonen, Watershed Forester, USDA Forest Service, State & Private Forestry
Tyson Morrill, Restoration Project Manager, Merrimack River Watershed Council
5:30 - 7:00 pmBallroom
Center & South
Alumni Socials, with cash bar, pizza, and cruditesIn Person Event
7:00 - 9:00 pmBallroom
Center & South
Treevia Bowl, all are welcome to joinIn-Person Event
Wednesday, March 15
TimeSessionRoomPresentation Topic/TitleSpeakersCEUs
7:00 am - 5:30 pmBallroom FoyerRegistration
8:00 am - 5:30 pmAshwood CourtPosters
8:00 am - 5:30 pmWentworthVendors, raffle, silent auction, coffee & refreshments
8:00 am - 9:30 amNew and Emerging MarketsBallroom North8:00 - 8:30 Emerging Markets for Forests ProductsEric Kingsley, Forest Economist, Innovative Natural Resource Solutions1.5
8:30 - 8:45 The Development of Cross-Laminated Timber in the NortheastBen Herzog, Wood Technologist, UMaine
8:45 - 9:00 Using Local Species in Cross-Laminated Timber - Eastern Hemlock Demonstration Project and Spruce-Pine-Fir southCharlie Levesque, Executive Director, North East State Foresters Association
9:00 - 9:15 The State of Mass Timber Construction in the Northeast and BeyondRicky Mclain, Senior Technical Director, WoodWorks
9:15 - 9:30 Q&A with speakers
Northern Hardwood SilvicultureBallroom
Center & South
8:00 - 8:30 The Battle with Beech EvermoreRene Germain, Professor of Forest Operations and Management, SUNY-ESF1.5
8:30 - 9:00 Adaptive Silviculture for Emerald Ash BorerKevin Evans, Director of Woodland Operations, Dartmouth College
9:00 - 9:30 Rehabilitation of Northern Hardwood Stands Using Multicohort Silvicultural Scenarios in QuebecSteve Bedard, Research Silviculturalist, Forest Research Branch, Government of Quebec
Grab bag session - Southern Pine Beetle, Slash Walls, and Lumber MarketsBalsam8:00 - 8:30 Expanding Southern Pine Beetle Populations Threaten Pitch Pine Forests in New England and New YorkKevin Dodds, Forest Entomologist, US Forest Service1.5
8:30 - 9:00 The construction and effectiveness of slash walls to exclude deer and regenerate hardwoods: 7 year resultsPeter Smallidge, State Extension Forester, Cornell University
9:00 - 9:30 Bubbles: The Great Lumber Market Blowoff of 2020-2022Lloyd Irland, The Irland Group
Flash Talks 1Bedford8:00 Examining NH Forests Using Unmanned Aerial Systems: An Enhanced Approach to Monitoring Forest Composition, Biometrics, and HealthBenjamin Fraser, University of New Hampshire1.5
8:11 Mycorrhizal-mediated Silviculture: The Benefits of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Networks for Forest RegenerationEva Legge, Dartmouth College
8:22 Adaptation Mechanisms and Water Relations of Future-adapted Seedlings to Drought and Plant Competition in Novel EnvironmentsAlissa Freeman, University of Vermont
8:33 Regeneration Response to Salvage Logging Following Tornado DisturbanceColby Bosley-Smith, University of Maine
8:44 Focusing tree regeneration inventories on outcomes: Seedling survival and sapling recruitmentLucas Harris, University of Vermont
8:55 Forest Management Bat Habitat Conservation PlansKasey Allen, ICF International
9:06 The relative effects of functional diversity and structural complexity on late-successional, mixed hardwood forest carbon
Samantha Myers, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
9:17 Storing More Carbon by Improving Forest Management in the Acadian Forest of New EnglandColleen Ryan, New England Forestry Foundation
9:30 - 10:00 amBreak
Wednesday, March 15 (continued)
TimeSessionRoomPresentation Topic/TitleSpeakersCEUs
10:00 - 11:30 amEmerging Tools and Challenges for Softwood SilvicultureBallroom North10:00 - 10:30 Northern Conifer Silviculture GuideLaura Kenefic, Research Forester, US Forest Service1.5
10:30 - 11:00 Hemlock Conservation PlanSavannah Ferreira, Forest Health Specialist, Vermont Dept of Forests, Parks, and Recreation
Alexandra Kosiba, Assistant Professor of Forestry, UVM
11:00 - 11:30 Wildlife Management at Umbagog National Wildlife RefugeTom LaPointe, Forest Ecologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Sean Flint, Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Speed Networking
10:00 - 11:00
Center & South
10:00 - 10:05 IntroductionTony D'Amato, UVM0.0
10:05 - 11:00 Speed Networking
11:00 - 11:30 Awards Lunch setupSheraton Staff
Conservation of the White Oak Resource in the Eastern United StatesBalsam10:00 - 10:45 White Oak Initiative - Ensuring White Oak SustainabilityJeff Stringer, Chairman of the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Kentucky1.5
10:45 - 11:30 White Oak Reproduction, Silviculture, and SurvivalMarty Spetich, Research Forest Ecologist, USDA Southern Research Station in Hot Springs Arkansas
Wildlife and Forestry: Mammals in Our ForestsBedford10:00 - 10:30 Mammals, Truffles, and Trees: Linking Above- and Below-ground InteractionsRyan Stephens, Postdoctoral Research Associate, UNH1.5
10:30 - 11:00 Coyotes - Ecology, Their Expanding Predator Niche, and Their Role in Forest HealthChris Schadler, Wildlife Biologist
11:00 - 11:30 Game Camera Basics for Understanding Wildlife in Our ForestsPeter Steckler, Principal, Northeast Conservation Services
11:30 am - 12:00 pmBreak to allow for Awards Lunch setup
12:00 - 1:45 pmBallroom North,
Center, & South
Awards Lunch
2023 Presentation of NESAF Awards - K. M. Laustsen, NESAF Awards Chair
2:00 - 3:30 pmAdaptive Forest Management for Global Change: Challenges, Opportunities, and Examples from Northern ForestsBallroom North

*Session Starts
at 2:15
and ends at 3:45
2:15 - 2:45 Natural regeneration patterns in adaptive silviculture treatments: five-year resultsJess Wikle, Manager, UVM Research Forests1.5
2:45 - 3:15 Climate-Smart Forestry in Massachusetts: Planning, Practices, and Programs for a More Resilient ForestJoshua Rapp, Conservation Scientist, Mass Audubon
3:15 - 3:45 Barriers for emerging tree planting strategies in response to global changePete Clark, Postdoctoral Associate, UVM
Non-native Pests, with a Focus on Beech Leaf DiseaseBalsam2:00 - 2:30 The Past, Present, and Future of Forest Insect and Pathogen Threats in New EnglandJeff Garnas, Associate Professor, UNH1.5
2:30 - 3:00 Beech Leaf Disease: Background and BiologyRobert Marra, Associate Scientist/Forest Pathologist, CT Agricultural Experiment Station
3:00 - 3:30 Monitoring for Beech Leaf DiseaseCameron McIntire, Plant Pathologist, USDA Forest Service
Urban ForestryBedford2:00 - 2:20 Striving Toward a More Just & Inclusive Approach to Street Tree ManagementColleen Murphy-Dunning, Director, Hixon Center for Urban Ecology at the Yale School of the Environment1.5
2:20 - 2:40 Silviculture in the City: a Framework for Urban and Climate-Adapted Forest ManagementMax Piana, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service
2:40 - 3:00 Healthy Trees Healthy CitiesRichard Hallett, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service
3:00 - 3:30 Panel Discussion on Urban Forestry Topics
3:30 - 4:00 pmBreak
Wednesday, March 15 (continued)
TimeSessionRoomPresentation Topic/TitleSpeakersCEUs
4:00 - 5:30 pmManaging for Forest Carbon: Trade-offs and ConsiderationsBallroom North4:00 - 4:30 Management Trade-offs Between Forest Carbon Stocks, Sequestrations Rates, and Structural ComplexityRy Patton, Graduate Student, SUNY ESF1.5
4:30 - 5:00 Carbon Storage and Disturbance Trade-offs and the Need to Manage for "Carbon AND"Coeli Hoover, Research Ecologist, US Forest Service Northern Research Station
5:00 - 5:30 The Roles Harvested Wood Products Can PlayAlec Giffin, Senior Forest Science and Policy Fellow, New England Forestry Foundation
Women, Gender, and Sexuality in ForestryBallroom
Center & South
4:00 - 5:30 Panel Discussion on Supporting Diversity in our ProfessionJess Wikle, Forestry Faculty, UVM, Women's Forest Congress1.5
Tessa McGann, Consulting Forestry Technician, Forest*Care, Women Foresters Collaborative
Maddie Eberly, Northeast Region Coordinator, Forest Stewards Guild, Seeing the Forest for the Queers
Aly Dillon, Forestry Student, UVM Femmes in Forestry
Carolyn Ziegra, Research Forester, Appalachian Mountain Club, SWIFT
Wildlife and Forestry: Bats and BeesBalsam4:00 - 4:30 Bats - Endangered Species Listing Considerations and Forest Management ImplicationsMariko Yamasaki, Research Wildlife Biologist, US Forest Service Northern Research Station1.5
4:30 - 5:00 The Place for Wild Bees and Pollinators in a Changing Forested LandscapeKass Urban-Mead, Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Xerces Society
5:00 - 5:30 NRCS Practices for Pollinators and WildlifeKelly Boland, State Biologist, NRCS
Alina (Harris) Cypher, Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management Specialist, Xerces Society
Flash talks 2Bedford4:00 Slash walls to reduce browse damage in southern New EnglandJeffrey Ward, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station1.5
4:11 How calibration plot design and data quality effect enhanced forest inventories in MaineStephanie Willsey, University of Maine
4:22 “Cut & Burn” How Logging and Prescribed Fire are Saving Endangered Species in MassachusettsTom Wansleben, MA Div. of Fisheries & Wildlife
4:33 A Demonstration of Adaptive Silviculture in Southern New EnglandAmanda Bunce, University of Connecticut
4:44 Quantifying harvested wood products and forest management in carbon analysesMatt Russell, Arbor Custom Analytics LLC
4:55 Recent Developments in Remote SensingWilfred Mercier, Global Resource Analytics
5:06 Everything you need to know about forest carbon is at Securing Northeast Forest Carbon ProgramCharles Levesque, Innovative Natural Resources Solutions, LLC
5:17 The Degradation Calculator: an RShiny applicationMichael Thompson, University of New Hampshire
Thursday, March 16
7:00 - 8:00 amBallroom FoyerRegistration
7:00 - 8:00 amAshwood CourtCoffee & Fruit
9:00 am - 12:00 pmField Tour of the Heald Tract
in Wilton, NH

Sign-up Limit: 40
Tour through recent silviculture, research, habitat, and invasive species control projects on the Forest Society's Heald Tract in Wilton, NH. We walk through two separate harvests that were carried out in 2019, an old overgrown apple orchard that was overrun with invasives that was cut back and treated in 2020, and a recently cut meadow that is being managed for pollinator habitat. In the fall of 2022, the Forest Society installed educational signage in four locations to explain the goals of our past harvesting. The group will plan to walk through as many areas as we have time for, and hope for lively discussion about silviculture, habitat management, invasives, and the public's perception of forestry.
Tour Leaders: Gabe Roxby, Field Forester, Society for the Protection of NH Forests; Steve Roberge, Extension State Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension; Matt Tarr, State Wildlife Habitat Specialist, UNH Coop. Ext.; Jeremy Turner, Managing Forester, Meadowsend Consulting Company
9:00 am - 12:00 pmUrban Forestry Tour
in Lowell, MA

Sign-up Limit: 24
Join us on a walking tour in the historic City of Lowell, Massachusetts where the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation Urban and Community Forestry Greening the Gateway Cities Program is planting trees on public and private property to reduce household heating and cooling energy use by increasing tree canopy cover in urban residential areas. Learn more about this tree planting program taking place in designated Gateway Cities across Massachusetts.
Tour Leaders: Rachel DeMatte, Urban Forester, MA Dept of Conservation and Recreation (DCR); Nathan Tobey, Urban Forester, MA DCR; Marc Ghen, Urban Forester, MA DCR; Jane Calvin, Executive Director, Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust
9:00 am - 12:00 pmBig BAF Inventory Methods Workshop
at the Sheraton Nashua
Located in Bedford Room

Sign-up Limit: 75
This workshop will discuss the efficiencies of using the Big BAF cruising method compared to traditional point sampling. We will talk about data collection methods and how to process the data. We will also discuss new improvements in data collection, including how to deal with samples near an edge, collecting data using electronic tallying devices such as a cell phone, tablet or data collector for example a Juniper Allegro. Examples of real timber cruises will be used. We will discuss how to determine the best combination of BAFs to get an adequate sample size. This workshop will have a combination of review and new material and is designed for the working field forester. Questions and comments are always encouraged. Located in the Bedford Room, Sheraton Nashua.
Workshop Leader: Ken Desmarais, Forest Biometrician and NH Licensed Professional Forester
9:30 am - 12:30 pmField Tour of Low Density White Pine Silviculture at Bear Brook State Park

Sign-up Limit: 30
Join us for a field tour of Bear Brook State Park with experts discussing silvicultural trials in low-density white pine management. The tour will visit sites at Bear Brook including an overstory removal, crop tree release, and multiple entry low-density trial plots.
Tour Leaders: Will Guinn, Administrator, NH Division of Forests & Lands (NHDFL); Scott Rolfe, Regional Forester, NHDFL; Inge Seaboyer, Forester, NHDFL; Jim Oehler, Wildlife Habitat Program Supervisor, NH Fish and Game
9:00 am - 12:00 pmFirewood Banks & Harvard Forest Fisher Museum
in Petersham, MA

Sign-Up Limit: 20
This hands-on field trip will introduce participants to a firewood bank run by the Town of Petersham in cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Sean Mahoney, champion of firewood banks in the region, will share information on how they work, firewood bank efforts in Massachusetts, and information on a new federal wood bank program funded by the 2022 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This is an opportunity to learn and help! Participants should bring work gloves and will have an opportunity to help for a short period (extra gloves will be available). The Harvard Forest Fisher Museum is close by and a second stop for those who are interested in visiting the Harvard Forest dioramas and other educational material at the museum. We will plan for about an hour at the firewood bank, and an hour at the museum.
Tour Leader: Sean Mahoney, MA DCR Utilization and Markets Program Director
9:30 am - 12:30 pm CANCELLEDMill Tour of HHP
in Henniker, NH

Mill Lost Power in the Storm.
This will be a tour of HHP, a sawmill that produces hardwood lumber, pallets, and roundwood chips. HHP produces 13 million board feet of green and kiln-dried hardwood lumber per year, with a focus on red oak, sugar maple, red maple, white birch, ash, and yellow birch. This facility is also the largest manufacturer of pallets in New Hampshire, making between 425,000 and 500,000 pallets annually. Their roundwood chip plant serves pulp and paper mills throughout the Northeast. Join mill staff for a tour of the facility, starting in the log yard, then moving through to the mill, the kilns, lumber warehouse, and pallet shop.
Tour Leader: George Davenport, Log Buyer, and HHP mill staff
9:00 am - 12:00 pmTree Risk Assessment Workshop
in Nashua, NH

Sign-up Limit: 20
This field tour will focus on evaluating trees in the built environment. We will discuss the need to balance the risk potential and benefits provided by trees. Tree risk assessment techniques and tools will be demonstrated in the field. As a natural resource professional, you may have a responsibility to provide your clients with advice on what trees to remove in certain conditions. A standing dead tree in a remote woodlot provides benefits to wildlife as a snag. That same tree near a trail or parking lot can be a hazard to the groups using the area. This field tour will begin in front of the hotel and include a brief look at some urban trees. We will then carpool to a local park in Nashua to evaluate several trees using techniques developed by the International Society of Arboriculture and the US Forest Service. We will also discuss NH laws related to tree ownership. Our tour will conclude with a review of educational material available for your resource toolbox. Bring a Hi-Viz vest and a hardhat if you have one; some extras will be available for you to borrow if needed.
Tour Leader: AJ Dupere, Urban Forester, NH Division of Forests and Lands
For questions regarding the program, please contact Gabe Roxby (2023 Program Chair) at groxby@forestsociety.org

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