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December 2017

Newlon Forum: A Social Scientist’s Perspective

2017-12-15T13:46:44+00:00 December 15th, 2017|General News|

Dr. Jerry Franklin (r) walks into the audience to take questions at the end of the Charles Newlon Forestry Forum. (graphic courtesy of the Good Stewards Coalition) story by Melanie Hughes McDermott, science & technology committee Last October, the audience attending the First Annual Charles Newlon Forestry Forum was treated to a fascinating account of the evolution and future directions of the science and practice of forestry from of one of its key proponents and influencers for the past half century, University of [...]

Keep an Eye on Your Oaks!

2017-12-14T11:07:59+00:00 December 14th, 2017|General News, Headlines|

Bacterial leaf scorch affecting red oak. (photo by Pam Zipse) by Pam Zipse (Rutgers Urban Forestry Program) and Rosa Yoo (DEP State Forestry Service) This article originally appeared in the NJ Woodland Stewards Program online newsletter, and was reprinted with permission. There are several serious diseases that can attack our oak trees in New Jersey. Two that are of increasing concern are bacterial leaf scorch and oak wilt. This article is intended to help increase your awareness of these two diseases of oaks, explain [...]

Newlon Forum: A Consulting Forester’s Perspective

2017-12-13T09:45:57+00:00 December 13th, 2017|General News, Headlines|

The view from Point Mountain overlooking the Musconetcong River valley. (photo by Steve Kallesser) by Doug Tavella, Appalachian Forestry Service It had been my privilege to hear Dr. Franklin speak in person at a Forest Guild-sponsored field tour in the Pinelands in 2013, and what I saw in the field and heard Dr. Franklin say rang true.  I have attempted to apply these principles to my work since that time. At the onset of Dr. Franklin’s talk at the recent Charles Newlon Forestry [...]

Forest Steward Wins Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award for Restoring Quail

2017-12-13T10:07:29+00:00 December 13th, 2017|General News, Headlines|

(from l to r) DEP Commissioner Bob Martin, forester Bob Williams, Stefanie Haines of PICC, John Parke from NJ Audubon, and David Zimmer of the NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust (photo courtesy NJ Audubon) story adapted from DEP news release On December 11, the Christie Administration honored a diverse group of environmental stewards for their leadership and efforts to improve their communities through green practices designed to protect the environment.  The Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards are the state’s premier environmental awards program for recognizing outstanding [...]

November 2017

Synopsis, video from 1st annual Charles Newlon Forestry Forum published

2017-11-27T14:26:55+00:00 November 27th, 2017|General News, Headlines|

To watch the video from the event, continue reading. (Video taken by Paw Media, LLC) by Steve Kallesser, Division chair For all those unable to attend the 1st annual Charles Newlon Forestry Forum and hear Dr. Jerry Franklin speak, we have published the video from the event onto YouTube.  We have also published a synopsis and other information from this excellent program.  It all can be viewed by clicking here: http://njforests.org/newlon-forum-2017/

October 2017

September 2017

Newlon Forestry Forum Registration Now Open

2017-11-27T14:29:46+00:00 September 19th, 2017|General News|

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.

Increased Demand for Forest Products Increases Forest Productivity in the US South

2017-09-11T09:04:30+00:00 September 11th, 2017|General News, Headlines|

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.  [...]

2017 By-Laws Amendment Vote Information

2017-11-13T12:43:02+00:00 September 5th, 2017|General News|

photo by Steve Kallesser By vote of the Division Executive Committee on September 1, 2017, the following amendments to the Division by-laws were recommended for a "yes" vote by the membership.  That vote took place as part of the normal election held in October of 2017.  All eligible voting members were notified, in accordance with the procedures established under the by-laws then in effect.  A 2/3 supermajority of those voting were necessary to amend the by-laws.  The by-laws were amended, based on a positive vote of [...]

June 2017

Using Burn Severity Indices to Monitor Ecological Effects, Monitor Wildfire and Prescribed Fire

2017-06-14T20:26:12+00:00 June 14th, 2017|General News, Headlines|

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 [...]