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
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8:00 am - 5:00 pmBallroom FoyerRegistration
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8:00 am - 5:00 pmAshwood CourtPosters
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8:00 am - 5:00 pmWentworthVendors, raffle, silent auction, coffee & refreshments
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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
Alexa Kosalek, GSD/SAF Chair, District Forester, LandVest
Steve Roberge, General Chair for NESAF 2023 Meeting, Extension State Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension
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10:00 - 11:00 Forests Adrift: Challenges Facing Northeastern ForestsCharles Canham, Senior Scientist Emeritus, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
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11:00 - 11:30 Discussion and Call to ActionNicole Rogers, Assistant Professor of Silviculture, UMaine
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11:30 am - 1:30 pmWentworthBreak and Grab-and-Go Lunches
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12:00 - 1:00 pmBallroom NorthNESAF Business Meeting
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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
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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
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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
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2:00 - 2:30 Tribal Engagement - Working Collaboratively in EAB Response and Climate Resilience PlanningTyler Everett, Mi'kmaq Nation Tribal Citizen, PhD Student, UMaine
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2:30 - 3:00 Managing Forests to Promote Water Quality and Culturally Significant SpeciesChuck Loring, Jr., Director, Penobscot Nation Dept of Natural Resources
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Wildlife and Forestry: Management at the Landscape ScaleBalsam1:30 - 2:00 The Loss of Keystone Species and Implications for ForestsJohn Scanlon, Wildlife Biologist, Retired Director of MassWild1.5
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2:00 - 2:30 The Place for Wild Bees and Pollinators in a Changing Forested LandscapeKass Urban-Mead, Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Xerces Society
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2:30 - 3:00 NRCS Practices for Pollinators and WildlifeKelly Boland, State Biologist, NRCS
Alina (Harris) Cypher, Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management Specialist, Xerxes Society
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Workforce Challenges and OpportunitiesBedford1:30 - 2:00 Forest Industry Workforce OverviewRyan Wallace, Former Director of Maine Center for Business and Economic Research1.5
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2:00 - 2:10 Recruitment and Retention in an Integrated Forest Management CompanyAlex Barrett, Forestry Division Manager, Long View Forest
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2:10 - 2:30 Vermont Forest Economy Workforce InitiativesChristine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
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2:30 - 2:40 New Hampshire Forest Career Field DayJasen Stock, Exec. Director, NH Timberland Owners Assoc.
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2:40 - 3:00 Q&A with speakers
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Tuesday, March 14 (continued)
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3:00 - 3:30 pmBreak
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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
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4:15 - 5:00 Panel DiscussionNeil Pederson, Harvard Forest; Sean Fraver, UMaine; Tony D'Amato, UVM; Paul Catanzaro, UMass; Frank Cervo, CT DEEP; Andrea Urbano, CT DEEP
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Women Landowners are Decision Makers, Are You Listening?Ballroom South3:30 - 3:35 IntroductionRebecca DiGirolomo, Forestry Field Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension1.5
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3:35 - 3:50 Putting Women Landowners in Context: a Research UpdateOlivia Lukacic, Land Conservation Specialist, The Trustees of Reservations
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3:50 - 4:05 Attitudes, Behaviors, and Barriers: Understanding Women Forestland Owners and Managers in New HampshireAmy Gaudreau, Forest Stewardship Outreaech Program Manager, UNH Cooperative Extension
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4:05 - 4:20 Women Owning Woodlands (WOW) Vermont Program SuccessCaitlin Cusak, Forester, Vermont Land Trust
Nancy Patch, County Forester, Vermont Dept of Forests, Parks, and Recreation
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4:20 - 5:00 Landowner stories, discussion, and reflectionRebecca DiGirolomo, Forestry Field Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension
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Long-term Climate ResearchBalsam3:30 - 4:00 Ice Storm ProjectLindsay Rustad, Research Ecologist and Acting Director, USDA Northeast Climate Hub, Forest Service1.5
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4:00 - 4:30 Seven years of experimental drought: Ecophysiological responses in a New Hampshire pine-oak forestMatthew Vadeboncoeur, Research Scientist, UNH
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4:30 - 5:00 Climate Change Across SeasonsPamela Templar, Professor, Dept of Biology, Boston University
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Grab bag session #1Bedford3:30 - 4:00 What are People Thinking about Sustaining Benefits from the Northern Forest?Julie Renaud Evans, Program Director, Northern Forest Center1.5
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4:00 - 4:30 Techniques for Reintroducing American Chestnut into the ForestCharlie Moreno, Forester, Moreno Forestry
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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
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5:30 - 7:00 pmBallroom
Center & South
Alumni Socials, with cash bar, pizza, and crudites
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7:00 - 9:00 pmBallroom
Center & South
Treevia Bowl, all are welcome to join
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Wednesday, March 15
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7:00 am - 5:30 pmBallroom FoyerRegistration
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8:00 am - 5:30 pmAshwood CourtPosters
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8:00 am - 5:30 pmWentworthVendors, raffle, silent auction, coffee & refreshments
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8:00 am - 9:30 amNorthern Hardwood SilvicultureBallroom North8:00 - 8:30 Key Concepts and Fundamentals in Northern Hardwood SilvicultureGaetan Pelletier, Executive Director, Northern Hardwoods Research Institute1.5
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8:30 - 9:00 Adaptive Silviculture for Emerald Ash BorerKevin Evans, Director of Woodland Operations, Dartmouth College
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9:00 - 9:30 Rehabilitation of Northern Hardwood Stands Using Multcohort Silvicultural Scenarios in QuebecSteve Bedard, Research Silviculturalist, Forest Research Branch, Government of Quebec
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Flash Talks 1Ballroom
Center & South
Various topicsVarious speakers1.5
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New and Emerging MarketsBalsam8:00 - 8:30 Emerging Markets for Forests ProductsEric Kingsley, Forest Economist, Innovative Natural Resource Solutions1.5
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8:30 - 8:45 The Development of Cross-Laminated Timber in the NortheastBen Herzog, Wood Technologist, UMaine
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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
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9:00 - 9:15 The State of Mass Timber Construction in the Northeast and BeyondRicky Mclain, Senior Technical Director, WoodWorks
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9:15 - 9:30 Q&A with speakers
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Grab bag session #2Bedford8:00 - 8:30 Expanding Southern Pine Beetle Populations Threaten Pitch Pine Forests in New England and New YorkKevin Dodds, Forest Entomologist, US Forest Service1.5
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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
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9:30 - 10:00 amBreak
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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
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10:30 - 11:00 Hemlock Conservation PlanSavannah Ferreira, Forest Health Specialist, Vermont Dept of Forest, Parks, and Recreation
Alexandra Kosiba, Assistant Professor of Forestry, UVM
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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
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Speed Networking
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Ballroom
Center & South
10:00 - 10:05 IntroductionTony D'Amato, UVM0.0
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10:05 - 11:00 Speed Networking
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11:00 - 11:30 Awards Lunch setupSheraton Staff
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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
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10:45 - 11:30 White Oak: From Advance Reproduction to Impacts of a Changing ClimateMarty Spetich, Research Forest Ecologist, USDA Southern Research Station in Hot Springs Arkansas
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Wednesday, March 15 (continued)
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10:00 - 11:30 am
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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
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10:30 - 11:00 Coyotes - Ecology, Their Expanding Predator Niche, and Their Role in Forest HealthChris Schadler, Wildlife Biologist
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11:00 - 11:30 Game Camera Basics for Understanding Wildlife in Our ForestsPeter Steckler, Principal, Northeast Conservation Services
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11:30 am - 12:00 pmBreak to allow for Awards Lunch setup
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12:00 - 2:00 pmBallroom
Center & South
Awards Lunch
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2:00 - 3:30 pmAdaptive Forest Management for Global Change: Challenges, Opportunities, and Examples from Northern ForestsBallroom North2:00 - 2:30 Natural regeneration patterns in adaptive silviculture treatments: five-year resultsJess Wikle, Manager, UVM Research Forests1.5
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2:30 - 3:00 Climate-Smart Forestry in Massachusetts: Planning, Practices, and Programs for a More Resilient ForestJoshua Rapp, Conservation Scientist, Mass Audubon
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3:00 - 3:30 Barriers for emerging tree planting strategies in response to global changePete Clark, Postdoctoral Associate, UVM
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Non-native Pests, with a Focus on Beech Leaf DiseaseBalsam2:00 - 2:30 Presentation Title TBDJeff Garnas, Associate Professor of Forest Ecosystem Health, UNH1.5
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2:30 - 3:00 Beech Leaf Disease: Background and BiologyRobert Marra, Associate Scientist/Forest Pathologist, CT Agricultural Experiment Station
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3:00 - 3:30 Monitoring for Beech Leaf DiseaseCameron McIntire, Plant Pathologist, USDA Forest Service
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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
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2:20 - 2:40 Silviculture in the City: a Framework for Urban and Climate-Adapted Forest ManagementMax Piana, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service
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2:40 - 3:00 Healthy Trees Healthy CitiesRichard Hallett, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service
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3:00 - 3:30 Panel Discussion on Urban Forestry Topics
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3:30 - 4:00 pmBreak
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4:00 - 5:30 pmManaging for Forest Carbon: Trade-offs and ConsiderationsBallroom North3:30 - 4:00 Management Trade-offs Between Forest Carbon Stocks, Sequestrations Rates, and Structural ComplexityRy Patton, Graduate Student, SUNY ESF1.5
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4:00 - 4:30 Carbon Storage and Disturbance Trade-offs and the Need to Manage for "Carbon AND"Coeli Hoover, Research Ecologist, US Forest Service Northern Research Station
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4:30 - 5:00 The Roles Harvested Wood Products Can PlayAlec Giffin, Senior Forest Science and Policy Fellow, New England Forestry Foundation
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Women, Gender, and Sexuality in ForestryBallroom
Center & South
4:00 - 5:30 Panel Discussion on Supporting Diversity in our ProfessionLynn Levine, Retired forester/naturalist, Nature Connect, Women Foresters Collaborative1.5
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Jess Wikle, Forestry Faculty, UVM, Women's Forest Congress
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Maddie Eberly, Northeast Region Coordinator, Forest Stewards Guild, Seeing the Forest for the Queers
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Aly Dillon, Forestry Student, UVM Femmes in Forestry
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Liv Schneider, Forestry Student, UVM Femmes in Forestry
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Carolyn Ziegra, Research Forester, Appalachian Mountain Club, SWIFT
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Wednesday, March 15 (continued)
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4:00 - 5:30 pm
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Wildlife and Forestry: Bats, Bees, and BirdsBalsam4:00 - 4:30 Bats - Endangered Species Listing Considerations and Forest Management ImplicationsMariko Yamasaki, Research Wildlife Biologist, US Forest Service Northern Research Station1.5
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5:00 - 5:30 Songbirds in the Sugarwoods: Assessing the Impacts of Forest Structure and Diversity on Bird Communities in Vermont SugarbushesLiza Morse, Graduate Student, UVM
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Flash talks 2BedfordVarious topicsVarious speakers1.5
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Thursday, March 16
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7:00 - 8:00 amBallroom FoyerRegistration
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7:00 - 8:00 amAshwood CourtCoffee & Fruit
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9:00 am - 12:00 pmField Tour of the Heald Tract
in Wilton, NH

Sign-up Limit: 50
This field trip will be a tour through recent silviculture, research, habitat, and invasive species control projects on the Forest Society's Heald Tract in Wilton, NH. The tour will walk through two separate harvests that were carried out in 2019, an old overgrown apple orchard that was overrun with invasives that we cut back and treated in 2020, and a recently cut meadow that we are managing 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, and we plan to install similar signs in the future on other properties. We 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 Cooperative Extension; Jeremy Turner, Managing Forester, Meadowsend Timberlands
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TBDUrban Forestry Tour
in Lowell, MA
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 Leader: Julie Coop, Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator, MA Dept of Conservation and Recreation
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TBDBig BAF Inventory Methods Workshop
at the Sheraton Nashua

Sign-up Limit: 75
This three hour 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.
Workshop Leader: Ken Desmarais, Forest Biometrician and NH Licensed Professional Forester
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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
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Thursday, March 16 (continued)
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9:15 am - 12:30 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
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9:30 am - 12:00 pmMill Tour of HHP
in Henniker, NH

Sign-up Limit: 30
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
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TBDTree Risk Assessment Workshop
in Nashua, NH

Sign-up Limit: 20
Description coming soon

Tour Leader: AJ Dupere, Urban Forester, NH Division of Forests and Lands
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For questions regarding the program, please contact Gabe Roxby (2023 Program Chair) at groxby@forestsociety.org

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