Conference to focus on Maine forest certification legacy, future 

The Maine Division of the New England Society of American Foresters will hold its annual fall meeting Oct. 7–8 at the University of Maine.

The meeting will be held 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days in Wells Conference Center and will focus on “Forest Certification: Its Legacy and Future in Maine.” 

The conference, which is co-hosted by UMaine, will discuss the history of forest certification and how it has changed forest management, how markets for forest products have responded, and what the future holds. The first day will look at the land management perspective, and the second will examine the socioeconomic view.

Opening remarks will be made via video by U.S. Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins.

Conference speakers will come from the forest industry, nongovernmental organizations and academia. 

Scheduled presenters from UMaine include Mindy Crandall, assistant professor of forest landscape management and economics; and Erin Simons-Legaard, assistant research professor in forest landscape modeling.

A limited number of seats are still available by emailing Laura Audibert, More about the event, including a conference agenda, is online.