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December 2017

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

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.  [...]

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 [...]

Evaluation of NRCS Management Scenarios for Golden-Winged Warbler

2017-06-14T11:55:46+00:00 June 13th, 2017|General News, Headlines|

Habitat managed using the species-specific, science-based guidelines for golden-winged warblers on Sparta Mountain WMA (in its 4th growing season). photo by Sharon Petzinger by Sharon Petzinger, NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife During 2012–2014, researchers studied the success of breeding Golden-winged Warblers in habitats of the eastern U.S. managed using Working Lands for Wildlife conservation practices. An article titled “An Evaluation and Comparison of Conservation Guidelines for an At-risk Migratory Songbird” represents an accruement of evidence supporting the notion that managed upland habitats [...]

Golden-Winged Warbler Habitat Management Should Consider Home Ranges

2017-06-14T11:55:23+00:00 June 12th, 2017|General News, Headlines|

by Sharon Petzinger, NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife A golden-winged warbler found to be breeding in New Jersey. photo by David Kenny A series of research articles on Golden-winged Warblers were published in the book "Golden-winged Warbler Ecology, Conservation, and Habitat Management".  The fourteen chapters in this book range from the distribution and status of the Golden-winged Warbler throughout its breeding and wintering range to research on the breeding grounds (habitat use, fledgling survival, nest site selection, hybridization) to wintering and migratory [...]

Tending to the Land

2017-06-12T13:48:03+00:00 June 12th, 2017|General News, Headlines|

Congratulations to SAF forester Bob Williams for sharing a featured article with Bill Haines, Jr. in the Spring 2017 edition of Rutgers Magazine.  The two discuss cranberries, the clean water that comes from the forest that is needed for cranberries, and the proper stewardship needed to perpetuate the forest while benefiting wildlife. To read the full article, click here.