- CFRU membership and funding remained relatively stable this year, with 34 member organizations representing half (8.3 million acres) of Maine’s commercial forests.
- Results from revisiting a 10 year-old study of beech control in partially harvested stands using ground-based herbicides indicates a lasting benefit on understory sugar maple abundance but not height. The lack of a height response to release was most likely due to the effects of browsing and increasing crop tree basal area in the overstory.
- A new study has begun that uses Landsat satellite imagery to detect and estimate SBW defoliation severity on the landscape that is similar to the aerial sketch mapping of the past. Early results indicate potential for the effective detection and classification of areas of defoliation over a four year period on the North Shore in Quebec. This tool would have the advantage of greater accuracy, near real-time availability, and increased cost effectiveness and non-subjective methodology as compared to traditional methods.
- The opportunity costs of managing Deer Wintering Areas (DWAs) was quantified by modeling common silvicultural scenarios from two representative timberland properties. Results were specific to site and the influence of landowner objectives on past management. In one case, there were lower revenues in deeryards due to less stand tending, while in the other case, higher revenues resulted due to a greater commercial species composition.