Recently more than ninety members of the greater community gathered at Antioch University New England for a CEU workshop–Science, Myth and the Future of Forest Management in New England–facilitated by the New England Forestry Foundation (NFF). The September 23 event was coordinated by Peter Palmiotto, core faculty member in the Department of Environmental Studies and director of the conservation biology program, and attended by students in his wildlife and forest management class.
Presenters were Bill Leak and Mariko Yamasaki of the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station in Durham, New Hampshire. Bill, a research forester, provided the latest information about timber management options in New England. Mariko, a wildlife biologist, spoke about wildlife habitat management options in the region.
They were joined in the afternoon by four forest industry experts for an interactive panel discussion. Participants had the opportunity to question and address how science versus myth about forest management will affect the future of New England forestry.
“I’m very pleased to bring forestry professionals to AUNE,” said Peter. “My students had the benefit of hearing and seeing different perspectives on issues in forestry and wildlife in New England. I hope to continue our collaboration with the NEFF to bring more workshops to AUNE in the future.”
About the New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF)
The New England Forestry Foundation is a recognized leader in sustainable forest management, conservation, forestry education and assisting landowners in the long-term protection and management of their properties. NEFF owns and manages over 130 Community Forests, totaling more than 23,000 acres across New England. The organization also holds 135 conservation easements, protecting over 1,142,000 acres of forestland. NEFF is reviewed by the American Tree Farm System and the Forest Stewardship Council so that its activities meet the economic, social, cultural, and environmental needs of present and future generations.