Welcome to the website of the New Jersey Division of the Allegheny Society of American Foresters. We hope that our members and others who are interested in ecology and conservation issues find this a useful and reliable source of up-to-date information on forest-related issues.
Congratulations to SAF member John Linson for being quoted in a recent news article about West Orange's plans to raise awareness about emerald ash borer and ash yellows through its environmental commission. The full article can be read by clicking here.
Registration is now open for the 1st annual Charles Newlon Forestry Forum. Our speaker is Dr. Jerry Franklin from the University of Washington. For more information and to register for this Friday October 20, 2017 dinner event, please click here: www.njforests.org/Charles-Newlon-Forestry-Forum.
A managed, 30-year old loblolly pine forest stand of natural origin. photo courtesy of David Stephens, bugwood.org by Andrew Bennett, Science & Technology Committee chair A recent report -- Historical Perspective on the Relationship wetween Demand and Forest Productivity in the US South -- looks into the relationship between changes in demand and supply using USDA Forest Service data and other scientific sources. Though the study is focused on the US South, the lessons learned from the research help to highlight certain facts. Over the last half-century, the demand for forest products has increased; removals are up more than 50 percent when comparing 2015 levels with the 1950's. But the forest and its helpers (e.g. foresters) were more than able to meet the demand as annual timberland growth in the south is up by 112 percent in that same time frame. The author states it well when she [...]
by Michael Gallagher, Science & Technology committee Monitoring fire effects is important for evaluating ecological outcomes of fire management efforts and refining silvicultural methods for maintaining and restoring healthy forests. While monitoring fire effects is conceptually straightforward (i.e. making observations of change due to fire), selecting the indicators of ecological change and measuring them at appropriate spatial and temporal scales is difficult and time consuming to the extent that such monitoring is rarely conducted. However, new indices for rapidly assessing burn severity are helping managers and ecologists improve their fire monitoring. The term fire effects describes the collection of direct and indirect ecological impacts of wildland fire (e.g. prescribed fire or wild fire). Direct fire effects, known as first order fire effects, are those that occur during a fire event as a direct result of the chemical and physical processes of fire, such as the consumption of biomass, the girdling [...]