Forest Resources

MAFES provides funding to support seven publications

The Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station (MAFES) has restarted it’s publication funding program after a two-year pause. We are proud to announce that with the first cycle of 2024 funding, MAFES has supported seven peer-reviewed publications. These publications reflect the diverse research programs supported by the Experiment Station (see below). A second 2024 funding […]

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USDA highlights agroforestry demonstration site at Witter Farm

University of Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station, J. Franklin Witter Farm, houses the Wyman’s Research and Innovation Center, which is spearheading research regarding the influence of climate change on Maine’s blueberry industry. Additionally, the Center houses an agroforestry demonstration site in conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Northeast Climate Hub. The […]

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NYT profiles work of conservation biologist Charney

May 24, 2024 Noah Charney, an assistant professor of conservation biology at the University of Maine, was featured in a profile by the New York Times for his work on understanding and interacting with landscapes. Charney practices reading the land around him — its past, present, potential for the future by picking up on patterns […]

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School of Forest Resources receives Austin H. Wilkins Forest Stewardship Award

The School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine will receive the Austin H. Wilkins Forest Stewardship Award for the impact the school’s teaching and research has made on Maine’s working forests.  The award is given by the Maine TREE Foundation in partnership with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry. It recognizes […]

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Field manual for managing eastern white pine health in New England published

The Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station has published MP764: Field Manual for Managing Eastern White Pine Health in New England. Authors William H. Livingston, UMaine Isabel Munck, USDA Forest Service Kyle Lombard, NH Division of Forests & Lands Jennifer Weimer, NH Division of Forests & Lands Aaron Bergdahl, Maine Forest Service Laura S. Kenefic, […]

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Responses of Canada lynx, snowshoe hares, spruce grouse, and forest songbirds to forest management in commercially managed landscapes in the northeastern U.S.

Maine has the largest population of U.S. federally threatened Canada lynx in the lower 48 states, which specialize on the snowshoe hare as a primary prey species. Maine’s forests support the largest spruce grouse population in the eastern U.S., and with >50% of the spruce-fir forest in the coterminous U.S., these forests provide >95% of […]

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Bear Brook Watershed

Forest soils of Maine in an environment of change

The underlying biogeochemical processes that support forest ecosystem function and, therefore, the ecosystem services they provide, are not adequately understood. This leads to uncertainties in the sustainability of ecosystem services (e.g., the sustainability of forests with increased use for biomass energy, the continued supply of high-quality freshwater from lakes and streams in a changing climate) […]

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Sustainable human-forest interactions in Maine

Human dimensions of natural resources have become a recognized component of management that is just as necessary as ecological study. As the state of Maine faces emerging issues such as increased development, growing motorized recreation use, and changes in supply and demand for forest resources, this research fills a critical need. The coupled human-forest interactions […]

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