2024 NESAF Annual Meeting Program

Managing for Complex Relationships: In the Forest and with Each Other

March 27 – 29, 2024
Burlington, VT

Hosted by NESAF Green Mountain Division
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This program is current as of 3/18/2024. See NESAF website for latest version.
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Wednesday, March 27
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8:00 am - 5:00 pmRegistration
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8:00 am - 5:00 pmPosters on Display, with Poster Session 12:30 - 1:30
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8:00 am - 5:00 pmVendors, raffle, silent auction, coffee & refreshments
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9:30 - 11:30 amOpening PlenaryEmerald Ballroom9:30 - 10:00 Introductions and WelcomeAl Freeman, General Chair, UVM, Paul Szwedo, GMD/SAF Chair, Sam Cook, SAF, Immediate Past Chair2.0
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10:00 - 10:45 Beyond The Illusion of PreservationCaitlin Littlefield, Senior Scientist, Conservation Science Partners, Inc.
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10:45 - 11:30 A Call to Action: A panel discussion on moving beyond the illusionPaul Catanzaro, Professor & State Extension Forester, UMass, Brian Donohue, Brandies University, Julie Renaud Evans, Northern Forest Center, David Publicover, Appalachian Mountain Club (retired), Lincoln Fish, Bay State Forestry, Mike Snyder, Greenfire Enterprises
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11:30 am - 1:30 pmBreak and Grab-and-Go Lunches
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12:00 - 1:00 pmEmerald 3NESAF Business Meeting
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12:30 - 1:30 pmPoster Session
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1:30- 3:00 pmClimateEmerald 3Threats and Risk AssessmentAli Kosiba, Extension Assistant Professor and State Extension Forester, UVM1.5
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Climate Smart Forestry HandbookAndy Whitman, Climate & Carbon Specialist, Maine DACF
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NEFF Climate Smart ForestryAndrea Colnes, NEFF Deputy Director & Climate Fellow
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NRCSEmerald 1Nuts & Bolts of Working with NRCSTodd Bobowick, State Forester/State Biologist, Connecticut NRCS1.5
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Nuts & Bolts of Working with NRCSToby Alexander, State Forester, Vermont NRCS
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Opportunities to Use NRCS Programs to Motivate LandownersAlex Barrett, Forestry Division Manager, Long View Forest
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CrittersEmerald 2Foresters For The Birds 2.0Tim Duclos, Audubon VT1.5
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Wildlife, Habitat & Forest Resilience: How NWTF & RGS are Building Landscape Partnerships in the NortheastMatt DiBona, National Wild Turkey Federation, Luke McNally & Todd Waldron, Ruffed Grouse Society
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Bats and the ESA: News, Review, and what's on the way.David Simmons, Fish & Wildlife Biologist, U.S. FWS
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3:00 - 3:30 pmBreak
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3:30 - 5:00 pmCarbon in Public DiscourseEmerald 3Talking CarbonCoeli Hoover, Research Ecologist, USFS1.5
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Carbon = Durable Wood, A practical look at what is coming from our forestsMatt Russell, Arbor Analytics
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Extreme WeatherEmerald 1Forestry BMPs For Extreme WeatherSteve Roberge, UNH Cooperative Extension1.5
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Critical Chains in ForestrySteve Bick, Northeast Forest LLC
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Flash Talks 1Emerald 23:30- New England Family Forest Owner Attitudes Toward Passive Forest Management OptionsLina Clifford, University of Massachusetts1.5
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3:40- "Local Wood Works": Supporting conservation of local wood processing operationsKen Laustsen and Lloyd Irland, semi-retired, Maine
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3:50- Improving Cross-Cultural Collaborative Socio-Environmental Approaches for Knowledge Exchange in Forest Stewardship Across Tribal Nations and State Agencies in Maine, USARachel Swanwick, University of Vermont
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4:00- How the Grinch Stole Spruce: A Case Study of Blowdown following the 2023 "Grinch Storm"Skylar Roach, US Forest Service, Northern Research Station
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4:10- Simulating the effects of silvicultural treatments on forest canopy structural complexityRobert T. Fahey, University of Connecticut
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4:20- Silvicultural options for climate resilience in northern conifer forests: the SEED projectPeter Breigenzer, University of Maine
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4:30- Sapling recruitment as an indicator of carbon resiliency in forests of the northern USLucas B. Harris, University of Vermont
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4:40- Cost Effective and Efficient Monitoring and Management of Maine's Spruce Budworm (SBW) OutbreakAllison Foster, University of Maine
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4:50- Assessment of wood quality and deterioration rate of hemlock trees (Tsuga canadensis) with hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae, HWA) infestationTaylor Lucey, University of Massachusetts
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5:00 - 7:00 pmSocial Hour, Cash BarIn Person Event
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5:00 - 6:00 pmForesters Under 40 GatheringIn-Person Event
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6:00 - 8:00 pmFemmes in Forestry GatheringIn-Person Event
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Evening- Free shuttle to downtown Burlington
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Thursday, March 28
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7:00 am - 5:30 pmRegistration
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7:00 am - 8:00 amWomen Foresters Collaborative Breakfast
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8:00 am - 5:30 pmPosters
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8:00 am - 5:30 pmVendors, raffle, silent auction, coffee & refreshments
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8:00 am - 9:30 amPlenaryEmerald BallroomTelling The StoryAndy Goodman, Founder, The Goodman Center1.5
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9:30 - 10:00 amBreak
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10:00 - 11:30 amForest Health IEmerald 2State updatesMichael Parisio (ME), Bill Davidson (NH), Josh Halman (VT)1.5
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Beech Leaf DiseaseCameron McIntyre, Plant Pathologist, USFS (NH)
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Emerald Ash BorerBill Davidson, Forest Health Specialist (NH)
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Large Land ManagementEmerald 3The Massachussetts SituationChris Egan, Mass Forest Alliance1.5
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The Telephone Gap National Forest (VT) SituationJay Strand, USFS
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The Camel's Hump State Forest (VT) SituationDanielle Fitzko, VT FPR Commissioner
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The Connecticut Lakes Headwaters (NH) SituationCharlie Levesque, INRS
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Grab BagEmerald 1Economic Impacts- how the changing climate is afecting our industry capacitySam Lincoln, Logger, former Deputy Commissioner VT FPR1.5
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Adaptive Silviculture to Address Climate Change and Forest Health in Southern New England Oak ForestsChristopher Riely, Forestry Specialist and Research Associate, URI, and Amanda Bunce, Graduate Research Assistant, UConn
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Ecological, Adaptive, Exemplary, and Climate Smart- Can silviculture do it all?Tony D'Amato, Forestry Program, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, UVM
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Flash Talks 2Lake Champlain Exhibition Hall10:00- Bird-Friendly Sugarbush Management: Identifying Drivers of Avian Occupancy in Vermont SugarbushesLiza Morse, University of Vermont and Steve Hagenbuch, Audubon Vermont1.5
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10:10- Digital site suitability systems for adaptive management of Maine's spruce forestsAshley Carter, University of Maine
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10:20- Understanding Urban Understories: The Role of Disturbance, Shade, and Edge Effect on Understory Functional Groups in New Haven, ConnecticutLes Welker, Yale School of the Environment
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10:30- Improving lumber grade recovery for eastern white pine - evidence from a sawmill studySara Dreibelbis, SUNY ESF
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10:40- Regeneration dynamics in northeastern pitch pine barrens under a range of restoration scenariosKathleen Stutzman, University of Vermont
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10:50- Forest Landowner Involvement Theory Intentions and Knowledge of Brown Ash (Fraxinus nigra) and Emerald Ash Borer Management in MaineEmily Francis, University of Maine
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11:00- Slash walls increase regeneration density and growth: 2nd year observationsJeffrey Ward, Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station
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11:10- Understanding Forest Landowner Perspectives of Climate-Smart Forestry: A Regional Assessment in Southern New EnglandShaylyn Austin, Yale School of the Environment
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11:30 am - 11:45 amBreak
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11:45 - 1:30 pmLake Champlain Exhibition HallAwards Lunch
2024 Presentation of NESAF Awards - K. M. Laustsen, NESAF Awards Chair
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1:35 pm - 2:50 pmForest Health IIEmerald 1What in the woods is that???Dode Gladders, Sullivan County Forester, UNH Cooperative Extension1.0
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Hemlock Wooly AdelgidDavid Orwig, Senior Ecologist, Harvard Forest
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Economic InitiativesEmerald 2Lessons learned from For MainePatrick Strauch, Maine Forest Products Council1.0
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The Forestry Accelerator- Supporting innovation and commercialization in the forest products industryJared Reynolds, Do North Coworking and Forestry Accelerator
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Expert CommunicationEmerald 3Four Ways to Engage in Advocacy with the Time you Already HaveKristyn Brady, Communications Consultant1.0
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Story MapsWendy Weisiger, Society for the Protection of NH Forests
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Video ProductionLincoln Fish, Forester (MA)
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Social MediaKelsey Seeker, Director of Marketing, Northern Foerst Center
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Speed NetworkingLake Champlain Exhibition HallTony D'Amato, Forestry Program, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, UVM 1.0
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2:50 - 3:20 pmBreak
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Thursday, March 28 Continued
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3:20 - 5:20 pmClosing PlenaryEmerald BallroomIndigenous Land RightsLeslie Jonas, Mashpee Wampanoag, Indigenous Land & Water Conservationist, Native Land Conservancy Board2.0
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Making Connections: Bringing it all homeAmanda Mahaffey, Deputy Director, Forest Stewards Guild, Paul Catanzaro, Professor & State Extension Forester, UMass, Steve Roberge, UNH Cooperative Extension, Andrew Whitman, Climate & Carbon Specialist, Maine DACF, Ethan Tapper, Chittenden County (VT) Forester, Ali Kosiba, Extension Assistant Professor and State Extension Forester, UVM
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5:30 - 7:00 pmAlumni SocialsLake Champlain Exhibition HallCash bar, pizza, crudites
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7:00 - 9:00 pmTreevia BowlLake Champlain Exhibition HallOpen to everyone! Students, professionals, etc
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Friday, March 29
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7:00 - 8:00 amRegistration
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7:00 - 8:00 amAssociation of Consulting Foresters Breakfast, Launching the New England chapter, open to all consultants- ACF members or not!
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7:00 - 8:00 amCoffee & Fruit
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9:00 am - 12:00 pm FIELD TOURSGreen Mountain Audubon Center, Limit 20Huntington, VT (25 minute drive)Songbird Habitat Assessment Workshop, Tim Duclos, VT Audubon. Birds of Vermont Museum Parking lot, 900 Sherman Hollow Rd, Huntington, VT2.5
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Catamount Community Forest, Limit 50Williston, VT (15 min)Managing multi-use Public Lands, Adaptive Silviculture, Ethan Tapper, Chittenden County (VT) Forester. 592 Governor Chittenden Rd, Williston, VT2.5
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Catamount Community Forest, Limit 50Williston, VT (15 min)Managing multi-use Public Lands, Adaptive Silviculture, Jess Wikle, UVM Research Forests Manager & Ali Kosiba, UVM Extension Forester. 592 Governor Chittenden Rd, Williston, VT2.5
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Sleepy Hollow Ski & Bike Center, Limit 50Huntington, VT (30 min)Family Forest Carbon Program, Eli Enman, Sleepy Hollow Ski and Bike Center, Sierra Giraud, American Forest Foundation. Please bring snowshoes if you have them, but they have several pairs to lend. 427 Ski Lodge Drive, Huntington, VT 054622.5
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Downtown Burlington, Limit 50Burlington, VT (5 min)Growing Big Trees In Urban Spaces, VJ Comai, City of Burlington Arborist. Meet in Burlington's City Hall Park. Parking info available at https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/DPW/Parking.2.5
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For questions regarding the program, please contact Donn Downey (2024 Program Chair) at donn@forestmetrix.com

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