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The Good Stewards Coalition

The Good Stewards Coalition

Environmentalists and policymakers consistently rank the proper conservation and care of forests as a top issue, and for good reason.

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Serving Society - Protecting Nature

Serving Society - Protecting Nature

It’s not an either/or choice. SAF foresters serve society and protect nature every day.

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Society of American Foresters Code of Ethics

Society of American Foresters Code of Ethics

All members of the Society of American Foresters are governed by its Code of Ethics.

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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.

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11thSep, 2017

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

September 11th, 2017|Categories: 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.  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 [...]

14thJun, 2017

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

June 14th, 2017|Categories: 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 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 [...]

13thJun, 2017

Evaluation of NRCS Management Scenarios for Golden-Winged Warbler

June 13th, 2017|Categories: 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 (particularly timber harvest, old field management, and grazing management) host consistently high levels of Golden-winged Warbler nesting success and fledgling productivity. Researchers evaluated five Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) ‘‘management scenarios’’ with respect to nesting success and vegetation conditions: grazing management, timber harvest, old field management, prescribed fire-old field, and prescribed fire-young forest. Each study site had recently been created or maintained using one of [...]

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