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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
(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 [...]
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/
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]