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December 2016

Chair’s Corner (Opinion): On Leadership

2017-05-16T20:23:02-05:00December 22nd, 2016|Chairman's Corner, General News, Headlines|

by Steve Kallesser, Division chair Hopefully, each of us has a vision of what success looks like. Perhaps it is a well-regulated forest where regeneration and understory quality is not a problem; where wildlife populations are thriving.  Perhaps it is a well-planned municipality where tree cover is growing; where connectivity exists to larger forests beyond; where residents value their trees and forests.  Perhaps it is a watershed providing the highest quality drinking water possible; where recreation opportunities are plentiful and people are engaged with the [...]

May 2015

FIA & FIDO: NJ Forest Data at Different Scales – It’s All Useful

2017-05-16T20:23:03-05:00May 9th, 2015|Chairman's Corner, General News|

(by Don Donnelly, CTE, Chair) Given the bulk of the forestry work in New Jersey is driven by Farmland Assessment on smaller parcels, it's fair to say that we tend to focus more on forest structure within individual tracts to meet those goals, and have less need to evaluate statewide forest metrics too closely. Working for New Jersey Audubon, part of my job has become advocating to a variety of audiences for statewide healthy forests, and why active management is better than benign neglect. A [...]

November 2014

Chairman’s Corner: What to do about Bats and Silviculture?

2017-05-16T20:23:03-05:00November 11th, 2014|Chairman's Corner, General News|

(photo courtesy Don Donnelly) (by Don Donnelly, chair) With the pending federal listing of the Northern Long-Eared Bat (NLEB) as either threatened or endangered, foresters across the state will soon be facing many of the same questions about regulatory issues that those of us working near Indiana Bat hibernacula have faced for some time now. From recent discussions that I’ve had, it’s clear that many uncertainties exist as what forestry activities are considered a “take” under the “significant habitat alteration” provision of the [...]

October 2014

Chairman’s Corner

2017-05-16T20:23:05-05:00October 21st, 2014|Chairman's Corner|

by Don Donnelly CTE Bridging the Gap between Past and Present Things are now settling down for most consultants since the August 1st Farmland Assessment deadline has passed. Hopefully, that means you are getting to enjoy the relatively pleasant weather that we’ve been experiencing this summer, and will find some time to participate in at least one of the forestry related functions occurring this fall. A few of the earlier activities on the calendar in September include the NJ Wild Outdoor Expo and the NJDSAF [...]