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With track themes representing the multi-layered nature of forested ecosystems and ranging from Agroforestry to People and Communities to Soil and Water Resources, select from a wide range of presentations about current research and field trials, practical applications and innovations, and new ideas or projects outside the mainstream of academia and forest management. Here is just a sample of the individual and panel presentations that will encompass the diversity and complexity of topics inherent to forestry.

Silviculture and Forest Ecology

Covers the relationship of forest ecology and silviculture to forest health and silvicultural practices that encourage forest resilience over spatial and temporal scales.

  • Incorporating Climate Change into Adaptive Silvicultural Planning
  • Multi-Aged Longleaf Pine: Ground Cover Recovery and Regeneration Following Harvest
  • Woody Debris Dynamics in Interior West Forests and Woodlands
  • Spruce and Fir Ecophysiology along an Elevation Gradient in NH
  • SDI Estimates LAI in Uneven-aged Ponderosa Pine Stands
Wildland Fire

Covers fire management strategies from prescribed fire to reducing risks to structures to air quality to economic and forest management consequences.

  • Post-Fire Succession in a Sagebrush Steppe and Western Juniper Community in Northeastern California
  • The Implementation of Technology to Promote the Application of Fire Science
  • Fuel Moisture Dynamics across Developmental Stages of Northern Rockies Forests
  • New Methodology to Develop Custom Fire Behavior Fuel Models
  • Modeling the Consequences of Escaped Large Wildland Fires
Economic Resilience of Forest Enterprise

Covers the many aspects of building, improving and maintaining resilient enterprises to achieve diverse goals and objectives of managing forests.

  • 2012 Baseline Outlook to 2030 for Forest Products and Timber Markets
  • Integrating Forest Ecosystem Services with Forest Management Planning
  • Certified Working Forests: A Model for Conservation Easements
  • ECOSEL: An Online Market Mechanism for Monetizing Ecosystem Services
  • Redwood and Douglas-fir Stumpage Price Trends in Coastal California
Urban Ecosystems

Covers the challenges and opportunities in urban forestry to create healthy and resilient communities and urban green spaces.

  • An Analytical Framework for Biophysical Impacts of Citizen Environmental Stewardship
  • Development and Use of Ohio’s New Urban Site Index Method
  • An Ecosystem Approach in Urban Forestry and Climate Change Education
  • Managing for Resilience in Stanley Park - Lessons from the 2006 Windstorm
  • Valuing Environmental Stewardship: A Cost Approach in King County, Washington
Forest Policy

A forum for presenting and discussing issues covering a range of topics such as federal and state forest policy, private lands policy, local, regional, national or international policy or program analysis.

  • Forest Bioenergy Policy in Minnesota: An Institutional Analysis
  • Life Cycle Analysis Can Avoid Unintended Consequences from Carbon Policies
  • Woody Biomass Certification: Good Idea or Perverse Rent Seeking?
  • Exploring Blogging and Forest Policy: A New Century of Forest Planning
  • Public Opinion Shapes Forest Policy -- 20 Years of Washington’s Polling Data
Forest Health

Managing for ecosystem function and resilience relies on an understanding of the influences of age, structure, composition, function, vigor, presence of unusual levels of insects or disease, and resilience to disturbance forest composition and growth.

  • Phytophthoras and Forest Resilience in Appalachian Oak Forests
  • Balsam Woolly Adelgid Continues March into Rockies
  • White Pine Blister Rust and Resiliency of Western Conifer Forests
  • Thousand Cankers Disease and Eastern Black Walnut: How Resilient Will the Native Forests Be?
  • Big League Disturbance: Spruce Beetle in Southern Colorado
Geospatial Applications

Understanding the spatial and temporal distribution of elements on the forested landscape is a critical element in forest management. Contemporary technology allows many creative solutions to data gathering, processing, and analysis.

  • Advanced Geospatial Applications for Managing Emerald Ash Borer
  • Methods to Predict and Map Economic Flows of Forest Biomass
  • A Geospatial Approach for Initializing Climate Sensitive Forest Growth Models
  • Determining Start of Growing Season in East Texas Forested Wetlands Using Satellite Imagery
  • Mapping Vegetation Height -- Is There a Reliable Alternative to LiDAR?
Forest Management & Operations

Covers issues faced by forest resource managers to meet demands for increased efficiency and profitability while meeting long-term operational planning and forest stewardship goals.

  • Evolution of Forest Management Planning in Other Countries around the World
  • Inventory Estimates of Carbon Increment on West Coast National Forests Suggest Strategies to Manage for Climate Benefits
  • Assessing Wood Supply in the Northeast: A Decision Support Tool
  • A Protocol for Monitoring Spatial Heterogeneity in Forest Restoration Projects
Soil and Water Resources

The issue of how we protect soil productivity and husband our freshwater resources are critical questions for society. Forests play a key role in watershed function and erosion control.

  • Large Woody Debris in Texas Rivers, the Lower Sabine versus the Lower San Antonio
  • Application of a Habitat Model in North Idaho for Predicting Upstream Limits of Fish Distribution
  • State BMP Programs for Water Quality Protection
  • Potential Applications for Managing Forest Roads Using the GRAIP Model
  • The Mica Creek Project: An Assessment of Contemporary Harvest Practices
Agroforestry

Covers land-use systems that involve deliberate retention, introduction, or mixture of trees or other woody perennials in crop and animal production systems to take advantage of economic or ecological interactions among the components.

  • Using Virtual Applications to Support Forest Farming
  • Integration of Agroforestry and Bioenergy for Water Quality Benefits
  • The Impact of Agroforestry on Forest-Dependent Community Resilience in Ghana
  • Biomass from Agroforestry in the Canadian Prairies
  • Alley Cropping Management Systems for Producing Switchgrass as Biofuel Feedstock in the Southeast US
People and Communities in Natural Resources Management

Encompasses issues relative to the social impacts of management practice and policy, collaborative efforts to improve human communities, and forest-based recreation management.

  • A Panel Discussion on OHV Trail Management
  • Kitsap County Forest Stewardship Policy: Building Citizen Support for Ecosystem Management
  • The Theory of Capitals Applied to Limited Resource Landowners
  • Building Economic Opportunity through Forest Restoration: The Alamo Navajo Initiative
  • Tourism Development Associated with Opportunities to Fish Trout Streams
Education & Outreach

A variety of initiatives and programs from around the US are working to inform land managers, landowners, educators, and the public about forests and their stewardship.

  • Frameworks for Advancing K-12 Forest Literacy: Lessons from the Field
  • Forestry Education in the City: A Top to Bottom Approach to Citizen Science in the Urban Core
  • Developing an Effective Wood Energy Coalition in Maryland
  • Climate Science Initiative (CSI): New Resources for Extension Foresters and Educators
Collaborating for Resilience on Federal Lands

The USDA Forest Service and USDI Bureau of Land Management, as well as many conservation organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, have a multitude of partnerships that foster successful forest stewardship.

  • Collaborative Efforts to Restore the Benefits of Healthy Public Forests
  • Collaborating for Successful Federal Forest Management Planning and Implementation
  • Silvicultural Approaches in the Secretarial Restoration Forestry Pilots
  • Two Models of Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration in Washington State