Forestry and the Environment

Center Square cites UMaine study of economic impact of snowmobiling

In an article about the state’s outdoor recreation economy, The Center Square cited a 2020 report on the impact of snowmobiling in Maine, which was co-authored by University of Maine student Ian Hathaway with Jessica Leahy and Mindy Crandall, faculty in the School of Forest Resources. The Washington Examiner shared the Center Square story.

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Boston Globe notes UMaine research in piece about Maine’s history, potential

The Boston Globe united research conducted at the University of Maine in a commentary piece titled “Maine can finally get out of Massachusetts’ shadow.” UMaine investments toward developing bioplastics and advanced building composites from wood were mentioned while describing the state’s ability to address a rising demand for sustainable products.

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Miller, McGill study supports need for enhanced invasive plant management in national parks

Maintaining National Park infrastructure and built environments, such as roads, information kiosks and visitor centers, is a known and persistent challenge. But a new study led by Kathryn Miller, University of Maine alumna and quantitative ecologist for the National Park Services’ Northeast Temperate Network, suggests that undeveloped areas within national parks also require capital investments […]

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UMaine graduate students help tourism-dependent communities prepare for climate change

Four University of Maine graduate students will help communities that rely on natural resources for recreation and tourism prepare for the ramifications of climate change.  The team will provide stakeholder municipalities data to help them adapt to the changing climate and assist them with developing climate adaptation frameworks using ‘scenario planning’— a method of forecasting […]

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Experts contribute to Maine’s plan for climate action

The Maine Climate Council released its four-year plan for climate action Tuesday, the same day 60-mph wind gusts were battering the state. As Council member Ivan Fernandez remarked during the public release of the report that the five hottest years in Earth’s recorded history were the last five, the temperature in a number of communities […]

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Piscataquis conservation district lauds Leahy, UMaine student volunteers

In their November cooperator’s newsletter, the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) highlighted a critical partnership between the district and Jessica Leahy, a University of Maine professor in the School of Forest Resources. Leahy, a long-time cooperator with the PCSWCD, facilitates hands-on learning opportunities for UMaine students while supporting the district’s goals. Recent […]

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Mainebiz reports on NASA carbon mapping project at UMaine

Mainebiz picked up a University of Maine news release highlighting the use of lasers to map carbon deposits from space. Daniel Hayes, director of the Wheatland Geospatial Laboratory, and Aaron Weiskittel, director of the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests, will partner with researchers at Michigan State University and the University of Minnesota to analyze […]

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