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Saturday, 31 October

10:00AM - 1:00PM ET

Science Flashes 11:00AM - 12:10PM ET

R1-6: Science Flashes

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11:00AM ET - Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change: Initial Structural and Compositional Outcomes in Northern Hardwood Forests
Speaker: Jessica Wikle, University of Vermont
Description: Forest managers are in need of regionally relevant strategies for retaining forest integrity in the face of climate change. The Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) network examines silvicultural strategies to address these changes. We present here early structural and compositional outcomes of ASCC treatments in New England northern hardwood forests.

11:10AM ET - Structural and Compositional Outcomes of Adaptive Silvicultural Systems on Northern New England Forests
Speaker: Jennifer Santoro, University of Vermont
Description: Northern New England faces numerous threats from climate change which are compounded by its mixed-ownership landscape. This research uses the LANDIS-II landscape simulation model to explore adaptive silvicultural strategies for maintaining ecosystem services in the region.

11:20AM ET - Nitrogen Mitigation by Short Rotation Woody Crops in Marginal Land of Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley
Speaker: Thu Ya Kyaw, Mississippi State University
Description: This study evaluated nitrogen mitigation potential of short rotation woody crops (SRWCs) planted at the interface between riparian marginal agricultural land and Yazoo River in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley. The SRWC plantation could improve water quality by removing nitrate in groundwater by 69% before its discharge into connected waters.

11:30AM ET - Community Actions towards Reducing Urban Tree Risk
Speaker: Abbie Judice, University of Georgia
Description: This research examined municipal management of urban tree hazards and community perceptions of risk shaping those actions. In studying how cities balance tree canopy protection and the safety of their residents, this project employs a socio-ecological resilience framework to analyze the association between communities and tree risk management.  

11:40AM ET - Overstory and Understory Woody Plant Characteristics of Reforested Sites in Lexington, Kentucky
Speaker: Kiernan Comer, University of Kentucky
Description: This study surveyed overstory trees and understory woody plants in a 20-year chronosequence of urban tree plantings in Lexington, Kentucky. Preliminary results suggest that these sites establish a diverse native community, but consistent observations of problematic invasive species highlight the need for ongoing management.  

11:50AM ET - Geomodelling Urban Heat Islands and Corresponding Mitigation Benefits in Four Zip Code Baton Rouge Areas
Speaker: John Bosco Namwamba, Southern University (SUBR)
Description: The study examines GIS data to determine growth of urban heat islands in areas of Baton Rouge represented by 4 zip codes. The benefits of corresponding mitigation methods are also evaluated. Cost and benefit ratios may be used here. Demographics of the study area are also considered in the evaluation.

12:00PM ET - Urban Street Palms - A Story of Lack of Diversity and Risks from Introduced Pests
Speaker: Mark Ambrose, NC State University
Description: High street palm abundance in southern and western states put urban forests at risk should a palm-killing pest be introduced. We modeled the street palm abundance estimate potential losses to state and local governments. We estimate that there are ~4 million street palms in the US mainland, with most in Florida (~63%).

Concurrent Professional Development Seminars and Interactive Discussions 11:00AM - 12:30PM ET

LS2-6: Partnering Two Universities to Address Diversity and Inclusion in the Forest Industry

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During this seminar we will share the steps that were taken to develop this partnership as well as discuss some key learnings and challenges that were faced in the process. Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the program, offer insight based on their experiences, as well as ask questions and get advice for developing similar programs.

Sam Cook, North Carolina State University
Zakiya Leggett, North Carolina State University
Ronald C. Smith, Tuskegee University

LS3-6: Growing Future Forest and Conservation Leaders with Green Jobs

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In this interactive and engaging session, participants will sample activities from the new Green Jobs guide, discuss how they might use it, explore ways that PLT can supplement other important work promoting green careers, and consider the feasibility of a Green Jobs initiative, like the program we are managing in Canada.

Jamie Dahl, Colorado State University
Rocco Saracina, Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.
Tara Topping, Project Learning Tree Canada

LS4-6: Developing A New Definition of Sustainable Forestry for The 21st Century

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Concepts of sustainability in forest management have long reflected changing points of view on what should be sustained, and for whom. Now, humanity faces a climate emergency, with climate scientists calling for transformational change by 2040. Foresters need to respond and again redefine sustainability yet again.

Alec Giffen, New England Forestry Foundation
Frank Lowenstein, New England Forestry Foundation 
Bob Perschel, New England Forestry Foundation
Chris Pryor, New England Forestry Foundation
Colleen Ryan, Harvard University

Concurrent Scientific & Technical Sessions 11:00AM - 12:30PM ET

R3-6: Forest Ecology

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11:00AM ET - Identifying Drought-Sensitive Trees within Uneven-Aged Eastern Temperate Forests: Connections to Adaptive Forest Management
Speaker: Malcom Itter, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Description: We leverage a unique eastern temperate forest dataset to advance understanding of the factors driving individual-scale variability in tree growth sensitivity to water deficit. Research outcomes are used to inform adaptive management promoting ecosystem resistance and resilience to water stress by preferentially removing low-vigor, drought-sensitive trees during selection harvests.

11:30AM ET - Influence of Eastern Dwarf Mistletoe on Stand Structure in Lowland Black Spruce Forests of Minnesota
Speaker: Ella Gray, University of Minnesota
Description: In Minnesota, black spruce has few disturbance agents; one of the most common is eastern dwarf mistletoe, a native, obligatorily parasitic plant. Though common in the state, little is known about how dwarf mistletoe affects stand structure as infestations progress. Here, we address that knowledge gap.

12:00PM ET - Assessing the Regeneration Potential of Coastal Swamp-Cedar 14-Years Post-Hurricane Katrina
Speaker: Joshua Granger, Mississippi State University
Description: Current data is compared to pre- and post- Hurricane Katrina data to access the regeneration of coastal swamp-cedar at Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Mississippi. Coastal swamp-cedar is regenerating heavily on the site post-hurricane disturbance. Regeneration of the species was spatially correlated with toppled trees and wind damage.  

R4-6: Family Forests

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11:00AM ET - Pennsylvania’s Woodland Stewardship Innovation Team: Tribulations and Triumphs of a New Private Forestland Partnership Effort
Speaker: Rachel Reyna, PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry, Peter Hoagland, USDA NRCS, and Abigail Jamison, PSU Center
Description: This session discusses the formation and progress of Pennsylvania’s Woodland Stewardship Innovation Team, a group tasked with structuring an enhanced, seamless partnership among the various and diverse groups providing services to enhance sustainable practices on private forestland. Come find the answer to the question: “Can’t we all just get along?"

11:30AM ET - Does Membership in a Conservation Organization Influence Land Management among Absentee Family Forest Owners?
Speaker: Stephanie Snyder, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station
Description: We explore whether absentee family forest owners are less active land managers than resident landowners, and whether membership in a conservation organization is associated with higher levels of land management by absentee owners. We found Indiana absentee forest owners are less engaged in the management of landscape-level threats.

R5-6: Interactive Reports and Dashboards for Analyzing, Visualizing, and Tracking Forestry Data

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The USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program has been releasing forest inventory data annually from across most of the country for nearly 20 years along with reports that describe the status and trends of forests. However, customized data analyses are typically needed to provide useful information for management decisions and planning. Software is now available that can transform data into online, interactive tools that facilitate the delivery of data, mining for trends, and analyses of particular natural resource issues at varying geographic and temporal scales. Further development of these analytical applications tied to data visualization tools has increased the speed and ability to identify and monitor emerging natural resource trends. Here, we present several examples of tools that can provide land managers, policy-makers, and the public with natural resource information via a variety of digital devices in simple, dynamic, and interactive graphical user interfaces.

11:00AM ET - Comprehensive Biometric Model Development for Shortleaf Pine (Pinus echinata) on the Cumberland Plateau, USA
Speaker: John Zobel, University of Minnesota
Description: Comprehensive biometric information was developed for shortleaf pine on the Cumberland Plateau.  Newly fit height, site index, stand density index, growth, and yield models allow managers and planners to forecast stand development in conjunction with recent efforts to restore the species on the Plateau.

11:17AM ET - Forests in Focus: New Insights for Sustainable Sourcing
Speaker: Thomas Pollock, GreenBlue and Shea Wales, GreenBlue
Description: Forests in Focus is a new tool for businesses with sustainable sourcing goals to assess risk in the regions where they source wood fiber for paper and packaging. Using a landscape-level assessment, Forests in Focus provides brands, retailers, and their supply chain partners new insights into their wood fiber supply. 

11:34AM ET - BIGMAP: A Cloud-Based National Scale Modeling, Mapping, and Analysis Environment for US Forests
Speaker: Barry Wilson, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station
Description: This presentation will describe the motivations for, architecture of, and products from BIGMAP. The BIGMAP project is a collaboration between the USDA Forest Service and Esri to develop a cloud-based modeling and mapping environment to support the production and distribution of authoritative raster information about US forests.

11:51AM ET - Freeing Forestry Research and Monitoring Data: Tools for Accessing and Interpreting Trends in Northeastern Forests
Speaker: Jim Duncan, Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative
Description: Data-driven maps and dashboards developed by the Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative bring together research and monitoring data on forests from across the Northeast. We will highlight several of these tools that make it easy for researchers, planners and policy makers to intuitively access information, and how these tools are constructed.

12:08PM ET - Improving Efficiency and Reducing Costs with Interactive Tools
Speaker: Christopher Oswalt, USDA Forest Service
Description: We will explore science delivery techniques, examples of dynamic web-based storytelling applications, and open-data repositories designed to meet users’ evolving needs.

12:25PM ET - Data Dashboards for Sharing Customized Analyses for Contemporary Forestry Issues at Varying Spatial Scales
Speaker: Randall Morin, USDA Forest Service
Description: Here we use national forest inventory data from the US Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program to develop online, interactive tools that allows users to customize the results based on their needs. The presentation will include training on how the tools can be shared and customized by the user.

R6-6: International Forestry

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11:00AM ET - Envisioning Open Green Spaces for Africa
Speaker: Bishwa Acharya, Earth Mapping International Inc.
Description: This paper envisions optimal Open Green Spaces (OGS) for Africa utilizing modern technologies such as geodesy, remote sensing, and comprehensive geospatial information system database. The OGS will minimize the emission of greenhouse gases and desertification, support volunteerism, increase agriculture productions, and balance the harmonious relationships between nature, humans, and biota.

11:30AM ET - Forest Certification Standards in the United States and Europe: A Text Analysis Comparison
Speaker: Alba Rocio Gutierrez Garzon, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. University of Georgia.
Description: Having the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Standard as the benchmark scheme for the comparison, we found that many requirements were lacking or minimally taken into account in the other programs (e.g., monitoring and assessment requirement). Indigenous people's rights are not considered as a specific requirement in European national standards compared.

12:00PM ET - The Search for Legacy Tropical Forest Datasets
Speaker: Sheila Ward, International Society of Tropical Foresters
Description: Tropical forest tree inventories and plot projects have generated much data that is in danger of being lost. Such data can improve understanding of how tropical forests change through time. We are reaching out to locate data at risk. We aim for curation and availability of these sources for research.

R7-6: Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

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11:00AM ET - Perceptions of Climate Change Adaptation among Forest Land Managers and Small Woodlot Owners
Speaker: Alyssa Soucy, University of Maine
Description: In this study we compared and contrasted perceptions of climate change adaptation among forest land managers and small woodlot owners in Maine, U.S. using survey data in order to determine appropriate communication strategies to increase climate change adaptation implementation.

11:30AM ET - Navigating Post-Fire Environments: Resident Experiences Following the 2019 Museum Fire, AZ
Speaker: Catrin Edgeley, Northern Arizona University
Description: Public experiences with wildfire often influence support for future forest management practices. We share findings from a mixed-mode survey, semi-structured interviews, and public meeting observation to understand Flagstaff residents’ experiences with the Museum Fire and subsequent flood risk. We conclude with lessons learned for managers working at the wildland-urban interface.

12:00PM ET - Building a Prescribed Fire Program on the Colorado Front Range: The Role of Landowner Engagement
Speaker: Katherine McGrath Novack, Colorado State University
Description: This study analyzes strategies, challenges, benefits, and perceptions associated with a prescribed fire outreach program on the Colorado Front Range, where partners are working to improve stakeholder involvement and education about forest restoration. We then investigate how an escaped prescribed fire in the study area impacted perceptions of prescribed fire.

R8-6: Boots on the Ground

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11:00AM ET - Overstory Retention and Stock Type Impact Survival and Growth of Underplanted Pinus echinata Mill.
Speaker: David Schnake, NCDA&CS Research Stations
Description: Underplanting containerized seedlings beneath 15 - 45 ft2 /ac of residual overstory hardwood basal area was a suitable method of reestablishing shortleaf pine on a drier, hardwood-dominated upland site in the Piedmont where the historic shortleaf pine component had been lost. However, even minimal overstory retention reduced seedling height growth within five years. 

11:30AM ET - Partnerships Conserve Canopy in the Queen City
Speaker: Erin Oliverio, City of Charlotte and Amanda Byrum, Catawba Lands Conservancy
Description: The City of Charlotte's Tree Canopy Preservation Program takes an innovative approach to preservation by protecting trees through a voluntary land acquisition and conservation easement program with a local land trust. The presentation is designed to help municipalities interested in developing additional strategies in canopy preservation and partnership options.

12:00PM ET - A Roadmap for Practicing Forestry that Delivers Carbon Benefits and Wood Products
Speaker: Robert Alec Giffen, New England Forestry Foundation
Description: This presentation will outline new Exemplary Forestry standards designed to meet the challenges of the 21st century by enhancing the role of forests in climate mitigation, improving wildlife habitat, and growing more and better-quality wood. We also introduce a new investment vehicle to finance the implementation of this approach to forest management.

R9-6: Urban & Community Forestry

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11:00AM ET - Relationships between Tree Diversity, Development, Socioeconomics and Eco-Climatic Characteristics in Urban Forests
Speaker: Christina Staudhammer, University of Alabama - Dept. Biol. Sciences
Description: Urban FIA data from three cities in Texas was used to examine hypotheses about homogenization as a function of development. History of development was a strong driver of species composition and forest structure across location, with diversity metrics related to urban surface covers.

11:30AM ET - Building Inclusive Pathways into Forestry Careers
Speaker: Sarah Anderson, American Forests
Description: American Forests’ Tree Equity: Career Pathways Initiative supports the recruitment and retention of under-resourced populations into community forestry, helping to diversify the field and extend the benefits of well-managed forests to all. Join this session to learn about U.S. Department of Labor-aligned programs like pre-apprenticeships can address your workforce needs.

R10-6: Biochar Application for Abandoned Mine Lands Restoration in National Forests

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We will present the science and technologies to produce biochar and experiences from a case study to increase restoration activities on abandoned mine lands (AMLs) using biochar, wood chips, or other forest-based amendments.

Jim Archuleta, USDA Forest Service
Tom Miles, T R Miles Technical Consultants Inc.
Deborah Page-Dumroese, USDA Forest Service
Carlos Rodriguez, USDA Forest Service

Innovation Zone Presentation 12:30PM - 1:00PM ET

Forest Inventory: Great, I've Collected Data - Now What?

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There are several options available on the market for collecting, analyzing and reporting forest inventory data.  Learn how F4 Tech's SilvAssist Suite enables foresters and natural resource managers to not only efficiently collect and process inventory data, but help enable events management, growth & yield, outputs to strategic planning and other forestry solutions.

Company: F4 Tech

Innovation Zone Presentation 12:30PM - 1:00PM ET

Current Uses of LiDAR in the Pacific Northwest Forest Industry

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The presentation will look at the innovative ways LiDAR is being used in the Pacific Northwest forest industry.  It covers applications in forest planning, forest inventories, wildlife habitat management, culture heritage, watershed recovery, and more.


1:00PM - 5:30PM ET

Concurrent Professional Development Seminars and Panel Discussions 1:00PM - 2:30PM ET

LS1-7: Help! My Younger Employees Only Stay for Three Years. What's Up? Are There Solutions?

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This seminar will focus on understanding what is happening with up-and-coming generations of employees. We will talk about what employers can do to better retain new employees. We will also discuss strategies to better prepare for what are likely to be long-term higher rates of turnover.

Wilhelmina Bratton, USDA Forest Service
Stephanie Chizmar, North Carolina State University
Simbrey Majors, Southern University and A&M College
Rachel Reyna, PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry
Jason Swartz, PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry
Beattra Wilson, USDA Forest Service

LS2-7: Increasing Resiliency in Southern New England’s Oak Forests

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Southern New England’s iconic oak-dominated forests face a suite of challenges including gypsy moth, climate change impacts, herbivory, inconsistent markets, and differing landowner motivations. This session will explore how a partnership of scientists, managers, and outreach professionals is working to increase resiliency in these forests.

Amanda Mahaffey, Forest Stewards Guild
Christopher Riely, Sweet Birch Consulting
Leonora Pepper, Forest Stewards Guild
Jeffrey Ward, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
Andrea Urbano, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

LS3-7: Practical Ethics: Tools of the Trade

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This workshop will introduce participants to six of the primary ethical approaches that we employ every day when faced with weighted situations.  Following a discussion about each approach, its central ideas and an overview of how the method works, we will put these techniques to use.

Marianne Patinelli-Dubay, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

LS4-7: Professional Ethics Training in University Forestry and Natural Resource Programs: Status and Needs

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This session will report on a series of surveys of regional SAF units probing views of members and nonmembers on ethical issues they encounter in practice, followed by a series of brief presentations offering successful examples of curriculum innovations, training modules, or training materials readily introduced into a range of post-secondary or continuing education courses.  Time will be available for discussion of these examples, and for discussion of current ethical issues suggested by attendees.

Adam Daigneault, University of Maine
Paul Doruska, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Patricia A. Layton, Clemson University
Clint Patterson, Berea College
Shari Rodriguez, Clemson University

Concurrent Scientific & Technical Sessions 1:00PM - 2:30PM ET

R2-7: Conifer Ecosystems Health across the United States

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Conifer ecosystems make up a significant portion of the forest types in the United States and are an important component of landscapes that drive many of our ecosystem services, ranging from wildlife habitat to clean air and water resources. Unfortunately, our conifer forests are threatened by native and non-native insects and diseases in addition to abiotic disturbances. This is the third of 3 sessions focused on the diverse research currently under way to understand more about the biology and ecology of these threats and management strategies that can be used to protect our conifer forest types.

1:00PM ET - Caliciopsis Canker and Foliar Diseases That Threaten White Pines in the Eastern USA
Speaker: Isabel Munck, USDA Forest Service
Description: Any agent, such as Caliciopsis canker and foliar diseases, that harms eastern white pine health has far-reaching ecological and economic effects in the Northeast that has long relied upon this species. Damage by these diseases will be quantified and management implications will be discussed.

1:30PM ET - Behind Thinning Canopy: Relationships and Interactions of Lophodermella Needle Cast Pathogens on Pines in Colorado
Speaker: Jessa Ata
Description: A research on Lophodermella pathogens causing needle cast on Pinus species in Colorado, USA that addresses basic and applied fungal pathology questions particularly on phylogenetic relationships and microbial interactions in needle pathogen systems to help develop effective management strategies against needle pathogens in temperate forests.

2:00PM ET - Armillaria altimontana, a Potential Natural Biological Control against Armillaria Root Disease in Western White Pine
Speaker: Marcus Warwell, USDA FS RMRS
Description: These findings support the hypothesis that A. altimontana is typically non-pathogenic and may function as a beneficial symbiont, epiphyte, or both in western white pine.

R4-7: Family Forests

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1:00PM ET - Classifying Landowners by Similarities and Acknowledging Differences
Speaker: Emma Sass, Family Forest Research Center
Description: We provide a typology of forest landowners based on ownership objectives and land characteristics. The analysis uses data from the most recent National Woodland Owner Survey (NWOS) and latent class analysis to quantify group and fit for each landowner.

1:30PM ET - Trends in America’s Family Forests
Speaker: Brett Butler, USDA Forest Service
Description: Results from the 2006, 2013, and, the newly released, 2018 iterations of the USDA Forest Service’s National Woodland Owner Survey (NWOS) will be presented to show trends in family forest ownership attributes including size of forest holdings, ownership objectives, management practices, and demographics.

2:00PM ET - The Use of Life Expectancy Tables to Estimate Expected Mortality among U.S. Family Forest Landowners
Speaker: Jesse Caputo, Family Forest Research Center
Description: We calculated life expectancy and survivorship among family forest landowners in the United States, based on demographic data collected through the National Woodland Owner Survey. The current cohort of landowners has a mean life expectancy of >21 years, with a mean probability of surviving the next 5 years of 89%.

R5-7: Silviculture

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1:00PM ET - Growth of Residual Longleaf Pine under Contrasting Selection Systems
Speaker: Seth Bigelow, The Jones Center at Ichauway
Description: Open-canopied longleaf pine woodland may be managed under uneven age management, but at typical densities there may be little growth release after treatment.

1:30PM ET - Longleaf Pine Response to Various Herbaceous Weed Control Treatments and Timings Eleven Years after Application
Speaker: David Clabo, University of Georgia
Description: Limited long term (10+ years) performance information is available for longleaf pine growing on old-field sites following various herbaceous weed control herbicide treatments and timings. This presentation will compare eleven year longleaf pine survival and growth results from three sites treated with four herbicide treatments and two application timings. 

2:00PM ET - A Stand Development Approach to Oak Afforestation in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley
Speaker: Brian Roy Lockhart
Description: A model is presented that identifies non-oak species to plant in mixtures with bottomland red oaks.  These trainer trees should improve development of high quality oak boles through interspecific competition and larger oak crowns following stratification above trainer species.

R6-7: International Forestry

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1:00PM ET - Investigating the Socio-economic Drivers and Impacts of Riverbank Cultivation on the Upper Kafue River Basin
Speaker: Rudo Violet Denga, Copperbelt University
Description: We investigated the socio-economic drivers and impacts of riverbank cultivation on the upper Kafue River Basin, Zambia, in order to understand the spatiotemporal landscape changes overtime and examine the drivers of riverbank cultivation from 1980 - 2019.

R7-7: Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

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1:00PM ET - Building and Retaining Gender Diversity in University Forestry Programs: A Case Study of SWIFT
Speaker: Mindy Crandall, Oregon State University
Description: Supporting Women in Forestry Today (SWIFT) was formed at the University of Maine in 2016. Case study results indicate that SWIFT has been effective at improving participants’ experience in forestry. We conclude with lessons learned and suggestions for others considering similar efforts to better retain women in forestry.

1:30PM ET - Training of Underrepresented Minorities in Forestry: Experiences with National Needs Fellowship Programs
Speaker: Jacek Siry, University of Georgia
Description: Challenges and opportunities arising from National Needs Fellowship programs are discussed and successful strategies in recruitment, training, and placement of underrepresented minorities in forestry are identified.

2:00PM ET - Outside with Pride: Being LGBT and an Ally in Natural Resources
Speaker: Erica Krause, Michigan Technological University
Description: Being LGBT+ working in the natural resource profession can pose challenges. As the LGBT+ community grows, and the push for diversity and inclusion increases, the profession will need creative policies, training protocols, and resources. This presentation discusses both challenges and solutions for LGBT individuals and their allies in the field.

R9-7: Urban & Community Forestry

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1:00PM ET - Addressing Uncertainty in Urban Forestry Damage Assessments following Hurricane Irma
Speaker: Casey Lambert, The University of Alabama
Description: This research aims to identify drivers of severe windstorm damage to trees while specifically addressing uncertainty associated with working in urban and suburban systems.  Our multi-model approach acknowledges the spatial heterogeneity that exists among urban systems and identifies structural factors within these systems that lead to different damage drivers.

1:30PM ET - Managing High Tree Mortality: New Best Practices from Creative Strategies in the Midwest
Speaker: Frank Mastrobuono, PlanIT Geo
Description: The Northeastern United States is experiencing unprecedented high tree mortality rates, and managers are under many forms of real-world constraints. To inform new best practices, PlanIT Geo conducted a case study to document creative approaches managers in the midwest employed to mitigate risk under similar restrictions.

2:00PM ET - Tree Preservation During Residential Construction: An Evaluation of a Strict Municipal Tree Ordinance
Speaker: Kaitlyn Pike, DePaul University / City of Highland Park, IL
Description: A long-term evaluation of a strict tree preservation ordinance was conducted to study the ability of the ordinance to preserve trees during complete demolition and redevelopment of residential properties in Highland Park, Illinois. Collaborative research such as this may aid municipalities in understanding the efficacy of existing urban forestry programs.

Closing Plenary: Today's Challenges, Tomorrow's Leaders: Empowering the Next Generation of Forestry Professionals 3:00PM - 4:30PM ET

Today's Challenges, Tomorrow's Leaders: Empowering the Next Generation of Forestry Professionals

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3:00PM ET - Welcome
Speaker: Stephanie Miller, ODNR Division of Forestry

3:05PM ET - Today's Challenges, Tomorrow's Leaders 
Speakers: Kathy Abuso, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc.; Terry Baker, Society of American Foresters; Jasmine K. Brown, Michigan State University; Renita Marshall, Southern University; Greg Ina, Davey Tree Expert Company; Zhu Hua Ning, Southern University
Description: Empowering the Next Generation of Forestry Professionals: Students and young professionals are future leaders who face unprecedented challenges that extend beyond traditional natural resource sciences, including climate change, social values, and calls to diversify the fields. Acquiring, practicing, and implementing leadership skills are necessary for overcoming these challenges. In this session, panelists representing universities, the private sector, nonprofit organizations, and students will focus on how to prepare leaders for 21st Century challenges. The discussion will encompass a wide range of topics, including communication, cultural immersion, conflict resolution, adaptability, resilience, maintaining balance, and effective leadership styles. This session is designed to foster discussion and reflection, and the participants can expect to leave with practical strategies for enhancing leadership skills.

4:05PM ET - Closing Remarks
Speaker: Tammy Cushing, Oregon State University

4:10PM ET - California 2021
Speakers: Damian Adams, University of Florida; Keith Gilless, California SAF

4:15PM ET - Thank you for coming! 
Description: Close out our virtual convention experience with a slide show of convention-goers from wherever they are. Forestry is very much a place-based profession. Yet the 2020 Convention will be both every-place and no-place, as we engage with one another in our own place. 

Closing & SAFter Party 4:30PM - 5:30PM ET

Closing & SAFter Party

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