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  • A Landscape-level Assessment of Whitebark Pine Regeneration, Growth, and Mortality in Mixed-species Stands
    Forest monitoring data can provide unbiased, landscape-level assessments of species of interest. This study showed that whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) is more widespread and abundant in mixed-species stands than in whitebark pine-dominated stands, and that regeneration, growth, and mortality of whitebark pines were often comparable in mixed-species vs. pure stands. Presented by Sara Goeking, US Forest Service, at the 2016 SAF National Convention, Madison, WI
  • A Retrospective Analysis of the Pinyon Die-off of the Early 2000s
    The pinyon die-off of the early 2000s, brought about by a combination of drought and the pinyon ips bark beetle, was though by some to be an unprecedented event potentially leading to near extinction of common pinyon. The population is still in negative net growth, but shows signs of recovering. Presented by John Shaw, USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, Forest Inventory and Analysis, at the 2017 SAF National Convention, Albuquerque, NM
  • Adapting Forests to Climate Change: New Resources for Forestry Professionals
    Land managers need tools that support climate adaptation decision-making. The Adaptation Workbook provides information and resources regarding climate change for incorporating adaptation into forest management. We describe new initiatives recently launched that expand the focus of climate-informed management to strategies for managing water resources, carbon storage, and urban forests to improve meeting the needs of professionals managing a diversity of resources. Presented by Todd Ontl, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science/ USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub, at the 2017 SAF National Convention, Albuquerque, NM
  • Anomalies in Cross-national Place Attachment Measurement: Implications for Use in Forest Management
    Forest managers have used place attachment scales around the globe (with assumed measurement equivalence) as an indicator of the non-economic value of forests. However, data collected in Austria and Minnesota indicated that place attachment measurement varies across contexts. Hence, it is important to assess measurement equivalence (taking corrective action when necessary) when using place attachment scales in new contexts. Presented by Chantal Tumpach, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, at the 2017 SAF National Convention, Albuquerque, NM
  • Are Observed Trends in Hardwood Tree Grade Due to Forest Degradation or Data Collection Anomalies?
    We demonstrate that there have been significant decreases in the relative saw-log volume found in higher-graded, commercially valuable hardwood trees in Kentucky and Tennessee from 2001 to 2013. But quality control data collected in conjunction with those tree grade data led us to question the validity of those observed trends. Presented by Thomas Brandeis, US Forest Service, at the 2016 SAF National Convention, Madison, WI
  • Bark Beetles Continue to Cause Snags for Forest Health: A Look at Stand Density Management in Western Forests
    We will provide an overview of recent bark beetle outbreaks in western pine forests and present how effective various forest management regimes are at reducing the risk of elevated tree mortality from bark beetles in southern California. Presented by Tom Coleman, USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, at the 2017 SAF National Convention, Albuquerque, NM
  • Changes in the Land Lead to Change in Black Cherry
    For the last several decades of the 20th century, the black cherry of the Allegheny Plateau ecoregion was known around the world for its quality. In the 21st century, numerous aspects of black cherry growth have changed.  Scientists and managers turn to long-term research to understand why. Presented by Susan Stout, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, at the 2016 SAF National Convention, Madison, WI
  • Changing Landscapes: A Land Use Planning Curriculum for Natural Resource Professionals and Interested Citizens
    Attendees will be provided an introduction to the issues surrounding resource conservation in land development and an overview of the Changing Landscape Curriculum. They will also be provided a summary fact sheet content including American Planning History, The Role of Natural Resource Professionals in Planning, and Regulatory Tools for Resource Conservation. Presented by Bill Elmendorf, Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, at the 2017 SAF National Convention, Albuquerque, NM
  • Development of New Dutch Elm Disease Tolerant Selections for Restoration of the American Elm
    An overview of our research and development efforts to identify and create American elm trees through controlled pollination with trees that tthat have tolerance to Ophiostoma ulmi and O. novo-ulmi and our efforts to use the American elm as a tool in restoration efforts will be presented. Presented by, James Slavicek, U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station, at the 2016 SAF National Convention, Madison, WI
  • Ecological Benefits of Thinning to Reduce Southern Pine Beetle Hazard
    This presentation will discuss the ecological benefits of thinning in pine forests for southern pine beetle prevention, such as reduced wildfire risk, wildlife habitat improvement, increased pollinator diversity, and more resiliency to changes in climate.Presented by John T. Nowak, USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, at the 2016 SAF National Convention, Madison, WI
  • Ecological Consequences of Invasive Insects in Monogeneric Stands on the Atlantic Coastal Plain
    Outbreaks of Gypsy moth in oak-dominated stands and Southern Pine Beetle in pine-dominated stands are favoring stands of mixed composition on the mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain.  Although forest structure and composition are altered, long-term carbon sequestration is less affected as annual rates are similar for oak-, mixed and pine-dominated stands. Presented by, Kenneth Clark, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, at the 2016 SAF National Convention, Madison, WI
  • Effects of Climate Change on Primary Disturbances in Western Coniferous Forests
    It is now recognized that a sound forest carbon policy informed by the best available science represents an important part of the solution in addressing climate change. I discuss the implications of projected climatic changes on primary disturbances of western coniferous forests. Presented by, Chris Fettig, USDA Forest Service, at the 2016 SAF National Convention, Madison, WI
  • Enhanced Density Management Diagrams: Development and Applications
    Application of density management diagrams has been limited somewhat by access and interpretability. Current technology, however, allows improvements in readability and precision while promoting presentation of metrics with estimates of uncertainty. An example is shown of these improvements using a digitally enhanced density management diagram. Presented by Martin Ritchie, USDA Forest Service PSW Research Station, at the 2017 SAF National Convention, Albuquerque, NM
  • Evaluating Effectiveness of Multi-purpose Fuel Treatments in Western Mixed Conifer Forests
    We developed nine fuel treatment scenarios from silviculture prescriptions written by managers. Using the BioSum framework, we evaluated treatment outcomes and treatment longevity. We learned that treatments were most effective, favored single- or two-storied stands. Treatment longevity varied from 10- to 30-years depending on abundance of fire resistant species. Presented by Terrie Jain, USDA Forest Service, at the 2017 SAF National Convention, Albuquerque, NM
  • Examining a Wood Pellet Mill's Impact on Wood Consumption Patterns of Neighboring Pulpmills: Florida's Case
    The growing southern wood pellet capacity creates uncertainty as to effect of added wood demand to traditional industry competing for similar wood resources. The following analysis looks at this question by evaluating the impact of a wood pellet mill in the wood procurement patterns of neighboring pulpmills in Florida. Presented by, Consuelo Brandeis, USDA Forest Service, at the 2016 SAF National Convention, Madison, WI
  • Fire Exclusion and the Demise of Shortleaf Pine: Lessons from Long-term Silvicultural Research
    This paper synthesis almost 80 years of observations on the success of shortleaf pine in two studies on the Crossett Experimental Forest with fire exclusion as a key management objective. In both the uneven-aged and natural area compartments, shortleaf abundance has declined dramatically, suggesting the important role of fire. Presented by, Don Bragg, USDA Forest Service, at the 2016 SAF National Convention, Madison, WI
  • Forest Service Survey Informs the Women’s Special Emphasis Program
    Participants will learn about the Federal Women's Special Emphasis Program and findings from a recent survey of Forest Service employees. Responses provide insights into gender-related issues and opportunities of greatest concern to respondents; contributing to an evidence-based framework for future programming and engagement. Presented by, Patricia Winter, US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, at the 2016 SAF National Convention, Madison, WI
  • Forest Structure Outcomes after Low and Moderate Severity Wildfire: Do They Meet Restoration Goals?
    This study quantifies the residual forest structure and subsequent tree regeneration after low to moderate severity fire in ponderosa pine dominated forests of the Colorado Front Range to evaluate if these structural outcomes meet restoration goals. Presented by, Michael Battaglia, USDA Forest Service -RMRS, at the 2016 SAF National Convention, Madison, WI
  • How to Effectively Reach More Landowners: A Comparison Across Six Outreach Campaigns
    Social marketing attributes associated with family forest owners responding to outreach campaigns will be examined for six campaigns conducted across different parts of the U.S.  It is hoped that the results of these analyses will allow for more targeted and effective outreach. Presented by, Brett Butler, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Stn., at the 2016 SAF National Convention, Madison, WI
  • Integrated Resource Management Research on Experimental Watersheds in the Southwest
    The chaparral, ponderosa pine, and mixed conifer watersheds have the best potential for water yield improvement treatments in the Southwest. Past research treatments integrated water issues with treatments that benefited timber, wildlife, range, and recreation resources. Past research should provide information for current silvicultural prescriptions. These studies are summarized. Presented by Gerald Gottfried, US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, at the 2017 SAF National Convention, Albuquerque, NM