Don C. Bragg
Special IssuesManaging Forests because Carbon Matters: Integrating Energy, Products, and Land Management Policy
Vol. 109, No. 7S (Supplement to October/November 2011)
Forest Management Solutions for Mitigating Climate Change in the United States (Malmsheimer et al. 2008), by the Climate Change and Carbon Sequestration Task Force of the Society of American Foresters (SAF), evaluated the implications of global climate change for forests and addressed the role of forestry and forests in mitigating climate change. Since that task force issued its report, the science and policies involving forests' roles in climate change policies have evolved rapidly. Moreover, questions have arisen regarding how changes in the amount of forest biomass used for energy and the trading of forest carbon for pollution credits (offsets), motivated in part by climate change concerns, will affect global climate benefits related to forests, forest ecosystems, and traditional forest products industries.
In May 2010, SAF created a new task force to address those issues and analyze United States' forests, climate change, and energy policies. This article summarizes and examines our current understanding of forest carbon stocks and flows; climate-forest interactions; biomass use and feedstock issues; wood-fossil fuel substitution effects; and forest carbon policies. While focused on US rather than international forests and forest policies, this article does examine pertinent international developments.
Teaching and Learning in Natural Resources
Vol. 109, No. 7 (October/November 2011)
Pedagogical approaches are rapidly changing in higher education and elsewhere, and these changes are reflected in the ways we approach teaching and learning in natural resources. This special section of the Journal of Forestry presents five articles drawn from the proceedings of the 8th Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources, held at Virginia Tech in April of 2010. Four of the five articles that follow deal with some aspect of the assessment of learning, whereas the fifth provides a synthesis of our current use of an emerging pedagogical tool. All focus on active rather than passive learning. Among the four that deal with assessment, two are concerned with summative assessment, where performance is formally evaluated and "grades" or "scores" assigned. The remaining two are concerned with formative assessment, whereby the objective is to provide informal feedback with the intent of enhancing learning. Both forms of assessment are equally valid and are often employed in the same instructional module. Although academic institutions constitute the setting where most of these approaches were developed or tested, they have broad application to any settings where teaching and learning in natural resources occur.
Forest Management Solutions for Mitigating Climate Change in the United States
Vol. 106, No. 3 (April/May 2008)
Unique among all possible options for mitigating climate change, forests and forestry can both prevent and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and simultaneously provide essential environmental, social, and economic benefits-from clean water and wildlife habitat to outdoor recreation and forest products.
This issue lays out the possibilities:
Vol. 103, No. 8 (December 2005)
Urban areas are having an ever increasing impact on local, regional, and global environments. In the United States, these areas continue to extend outward, altering or displacing forests, agricultural fields, and other valued open spaces. This process of urbanization is likely to be one of the greatest influences on forests in the 21st century.
Vol. 103, No. 7 (October/November 2005)
Effective forest research depends greatly on our ability to assess whether management activities produce reliable results. Where there is no benchmark against which to compare treatment, how do we know when our objective has been reached? This special issue includes six papers from the technical session on this topic presented at the 2003 SAF National Convention in Buffalo, New York.
Forest Inventory and Analysis
Vol. 103, No. 6 (September 2005)
The Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program of the USDA Forest Service conducts comprehensive forest inventories of the United States to estimate the area of forestland; the volume, growth, and removal of forest resources; and the health and condition of the resources. This special issue includes five articles on the use of FIA data and concludes with a discussion of the Enhanced FIA program and areas where investigations are continuing.
USDA Forest Service Centennial
Char Miller, editor
Vol. 103, No. 5 (July/August 2005)
Historian Char Miller presents a collection of 11 articles detailing the cultural, intellectual, and political landscape in which the Forest Service was created, as well as its legacy as it enters its second century.