2017 Silviculture: Forest Ecology and Data Informing Decisions Conference Recordings


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Boots on the Ground: Data, Guidelines, & Experiences

Enabling Development of Tailored Composite Volume Yield Estimates in Minnesota, USA, David Wilson, University of Minnesota

Good Data Gone Bad: Effective Visualization in Forestry, Matthew Russell, University of Minnesota

Lessons Learned Teaching Data Visualization in Forest Science, Andrew Sanchez-Meador, Northern Arizona University

Eastern Silviculture & Forest Ecology

Shortleaf Pine Response to Thinning at the Onset of a Severe Drought, Samantha Anderson, University of Missouri-Columbia

Northern Silviculture & Forest Ecology

Assimilation of Tree Ring and Repeat Census Data to Model Past Forest Dynamics and Drought Responses, Malcolm Itter, Department of Forestry, Michigan State University

Exotic Larch: A Proven Winner for the North, David Maass, Independent Consultant

Northwestern Silviculture & Forest Ecology

Site-level Factors Determining Post-fire Conifer Regeneration in Eastern Oregon, Angela Boag, University of Colorado Boulder

Do Different Selection System Strategies Insure Long-term Sustainable Growth of Northern Hardwood Stands?Sarita Bassil, SUNY-ESF

Southern Silviculture & Forest Ecology

Black Bear Damage to Northwestern Conifers in California: A ReviewKenneth Fulgham, Humboldt State, Forestry & Wildland Resources Department

Climate Change, Disturbance, Canopy Density, and Longleaf Pine Regeneration—Are We Missing Something?, Steve Jack, Jones Ecological Research Center

Drought Effects on Pine Plantations in the Southern US, Dehai Zhao, University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Facilitation Forestry: Intercropping to Increase Plantation Resistance and Resilience, David Buckley, University of Tennessee

The Chinese Tallow Invasion Pattern under Different Disturbances at Stand Level in the Southeast Coastal Area USA, Shaoyang Yang, Forestry Department of Mississippi State University

Which Factors Contribute to the Presence and Abundance of Invasive Tree Species in Mississippi?, Don Grebner, Mississippi State University

Western Silviculture & Forest Ecology

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Statewide Forest Management Plan, Jason Parke, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

What Have We Learned from the Last Decade’s Research about Drought-induced Tree Mortality in the Southwest?, Thomas Kolb, Northern Arizona University   

Water & Watersheds

Managing Contemporary Mixed Land-use Watersheds: Resurrecting the Experimental Watershed Study Approach, Jason Hubbart, West Virginia University

Multiple Land-use Impacts on Forested Floodplain Groundwater Processes, Elliot Kellner, West Virginia University

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Boots on the Ground: Data, Guidelines, and Experiences
Enabling Development of Tailored Composite Volume Yield Estimates in Minnesota, USA
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Open to view video. We develop a flexible approach allowing the user to draw on many forest inventory samples, while tailoring data to include only desired stands. This approach effectively incorporates local differences in growth potential into the polymorphic yield model, eliminating the need for consideration of additional adjustment factors. Presented by David Wilson, University of Minnesota.
Good Data Gone Bad: Effective Visualization in Forestry
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Open to view video. Learn how to use open-source software (specifically R) to quickly and efficiently work with forestry data, with a focus on using large datasets such as FIA data. Perfect for graduate students and professionals who want to learn more about how to use R and work with their data. Presented by Matthew Russell, University of Minnesota.
Lessons Learned Teaching Data Visualization in Forest Science
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Open to view video. As part of Northern Arizona University’s Graduate Certificate in Science Communication, students take a “Data Metaphors and Visualization” course aimed at introducing essential concepts and tools in data visualization and information design. Anecdotes from teaching this course will be presented and the importance of effective data visualization will be discussed. Presented by As part of Northern Arizona University’s Graduate Certificate in Science Communication, students take a “Data Metaphors and Visualization” course aimed at introducing essential concepts and tools in data visualization and information design. Anecdotes from teaching this course will be presented and the importance of effective data visualization will be discussed. Presented by Andrew Sanchez-Meador, Northern Arizona University.
Eastern Silviculture & Forest Ecology
Shortleaf Pine Response to Thinning at the Onset of a Severe Drought
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Open to view video. A 95-year shortleaf pine chronology developed from a long-term thinning study in the Missouri Ozarks was used to determine the influence of thinning and severe drought on radial growth response. Results showed thinning increased growth rates, which compensated for growth reductions caused by drought. Presented by Samantha Anderson, University of Missouri-Columbia.
Northern Silviculture & Forest Ecology
Assimilation of Tree Ring and Repeat Census Data to Model Past Forest Dynamics and Drought Responses
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Open to view video. We combine tree-ring and forest census data in a state-space model to improve understanding of the role of forest dynamics in shaping forest responses to climatic water deficit. The analysis allows for identification of forest stand structures and thinning regimes that minimize forest sensitivity to drought events. Presented by Malcolm Itter, Department of Forestry, Michigan State University.
Do Different Selection System Strategies Insure Long-term Sustainable Growth of Northern Hardwood Stands?
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Open to view video. The long-term consistency and sustainability in the outcomes of various approaches to single-tree selection system in northern hardwood stands were previously studied via simulations and modeling techniques. The current study uses long-term empirical data from stands managed under different intensities of single-tree selection system to assess their long-term structural stability. Presented by Sarita Bassil, SUNY-ESF.
Exotic Larch: A Proven Winner for the North
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Open to view video. Exotic larch (Larix decidua, L. leptolepis and their hybrid) have been tested in the Northeast US and the Lake States since the 1930s.  Operational trials demonstrate that hybrid larch can grow at 17 m3/ha/yr, roughly 5x faster than natural regeneration.  This presentation summarizes studies to date and outlines unknowns. Presented by David Maass, Independent Consultant.
Northwest Silviculture & Forest Ecology
Site-level Factors Determining Post-fire Conifer Regeneration in Eastern Oregon
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Open to view video. We surveyed natural conifer regeneration in 180 transects 17-21 years post-fire across 8 fires in eastern Oregon’s Blue Mountains to determine the effects of fire legacy, topography, ecological interactions and post-fire local climate on seedling abundance. Our data suggests several recommendations for post-fire forest management in the Inland Northwest. Presented by Angela Boag, University of Colorado Boulder.
Southern Silviculture & Forest Ecology
Black Bear Damage to Northwestern Conifers in California: A Review
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Open to view video. A total of 789 black bear damaged trees were investigated over a multi-year period on seven different study sites. The sites ranged from 30-50 years of age. Four different conifer species were found to have black bear damage. The total economic loss per acre will be presented. Presented by Kenneth Fulgham, Humboldt State, Forestry & Wildland Resources Department.
Climate Change, Disturbance, Canopy Density, and Longleaf Pine Regeneration—Are We Missing Something?
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Open to view video. Alternative silvicultural practices to mitigate effects of climate change and large disturbances on longleaf pine forests are being investigated. Canopy manipulations focus primarily on impacts to the overstory stratum; some questions remain, however, about treatment impacts on long-term regeneration dynamics and will be explored in light of our current understanding. Presented by Steve Jack, Jones Ecological Research Center.
Drought Effects on Pine Plantations in the Southern US
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Open to view video. We will demonstrate how to use the existent long-term field studies to investigate drought effects. The analysis of two culture/density studies indicated that loblolly pine plantations on high-quality sites or under more intensive treatments are more drought-sensitive, and exceptional droughts substantially reduced the gains due to more intensive cultures. Presented by Dehai Zhao, University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.
Facilitation Forestry: Intercropping to Increase Plantation Resistance and Resilience
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Open to view video. Facilitation between tree species can mitigate impacts of pests, pathogens, and extreme weather. Oaks and pines were intercropped in plantings established in 2000 and 2014 to investigate potential facilitation between oaks and pines. To date, results suggest that oaks and pines are compatible for intercropping to create more resilient plantations. Presented by David Buckley, University of Tennessee.
The Chinese Tallow Invasion Pattern under Different Disturbances at Stand Level in the Southeast Coastal Area USA
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Open to view video. This research mainly focuses on the invasion mechanism and pattern of Chinese tallow under different disturbances at southeast coastal area of America, where the Chinese tallow has become a serious ecological problem for local ecosystems. Therefore, this study is very important for local forests management and restoration. Presented by Shaoyang Yang, Forestry Department of Mississippi State University.
Which Factors Contribute to the Presence and Abundance of Invasive Tree Species in Mississippi?
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Open to view video. Invasive tree species have caused deleterious effects on the environment and economy. Most previous studies usually ignore the role of socioeconomic factors contributing to the presence of invasive species. This research identified ecological and socioeconomic factors contributed to invasions in Mississippi and treated presence and abundance as different phenomena. Presented by Jun Zhai and Don Grebner, Mississippi State University.
Western Silviculture & Forest Ecology
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Statewide Forest Management Plan
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Open to view video. This presentation will provide an overview of the forest management plan being developed by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for approximately 150,000 acres of forested land across 36 state Wildlife Management Areas that are managed specifically for providing effective wildlife habitat. Presented by Jason Parke, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
What Have We Learned from the Last Decade’s Research about Drought-induced Tree Mortality in the Southwest?
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Open to view video. Understanding of drought-induced tree mortality processes is needed to inform management efforts to sustain southwestern forests in the future. Major findings of recent research on tree-mortality processes in southwestern forests will be presented. Management implications will be discussed. Presented by Thomas Kolb, Northern Arizona University.
Water & Watersheds
Managing Contemporary Mixed Land-use Watersheds: Resurrecting the Experimental Watershed Study Approach
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Open to view video. Advancements in watershed management are a major challenge of this century. The evolution from classic forested wildland experimental watershed studies (EWS) to contemporary EWS designs in multiple-land-use watersheds is presented while illustrating how such an approach can provide science-based information, and encourage innovation, cooperation, and trust among watershed stakeholders. Presented by Jason Hubbart, West Virginia University.
Multiple Land-use Impacts on Forested Floodplain Groundwater Processes
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Open to view video. Continuous, automated, in situ monitoring of shallow groundwater at floodplain sites with contrasting land use histories showed significant differences in flow regime. In general, the forested site displayed a more dynamic flow regime with more frequent base-flow reversals, than the agricultural site, thus indicating greater stream-buffering potential and high-flow attenuation capacity. Presented by Elliot Kellner, West Virginia University.