Forestry and the Environment

Coalition including UMaine announces plan to grow forest economy

A coalition working to boost Maine’s forest economy announced its action plan at the University of Maine on Sept. 25. Forest Opportunity Roadmap/Maine (FOR/Maine), a coalition working to diversify the state’s wood products businesses, attract capital investments, and develop greater economic prosperity for communities impacted by recent mill closures, announced a plan to grow Maine’s […]

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Maine forest with moose

Researchers awarded $1.5M to examine spread of mosquito-transmitted diseases

A team of University of Maine researchers has been awarded $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to examine the relationships among the spread of mosquito-transmitted diseases, perceptions of mosquito-borne disease risk and human travel, including domestic and international tourism. The five-year project, “Coupled Dynamics of Tourism and Mosquito-Borne Disease Transmission in the Americas,” is […]

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Weiskittel quoted in CBC report on fast-growing trees on Crown plantations

Aaron Weiskittel, an associate professor of forest biometrics and modeling and the Irving chair of forest ecosystem management at the University of Maine, was quoted in a CBC report about faster tree growth on Crown plantations, or replanted conservation land, in New Brunswick, Canada. A recent decision was made to place conservation protection on 150,000 […]

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$2.9 million NSF award will train the next generation of environmental conservation leaders

Helping train the next generation of interdisciplinary environmental conservation leaders is the goal of a five-year, $2.9 million National Science Foundation (NSF) award to the University of Maine. The interdisciplinary UMaine project led by Sandra De Urioste-Stone, a UMaine assistant professor of nature-based tourism, and involving multiple community partners statewide was one of 17 new […]

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WVII quotes Fernandez in report on citizens’ hearing

WVII (Channel 7) quoted Ivan Fernandez, a professor of soil science and forest resources and a cooperating professor in the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, in an report on a citizens’ hearing about air quality. The hearing, “Maine Speaks on Climate and Cars,” was held by the Natural Resources Council of Maine […]

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BDN interviews UMaine researchers about maple syrup, honey producer study

The Bangor Daily News interviewed researchers from the University of Maine about their ongoing study on the challenges and opportunities for maple syrup and honey producers. The study, “Finding the Sweet Spot: Scales, Challenges and Opportunities for Beekeeping and Maple Syrup Production in Maine,” is a collaboration between UMaine and College of the Atlantic, and […]

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Phys.org publishes release on deer wintering study

Phys.org published a University of Maine news release about a study on the ineffectiveness of zoning as a means of regional habitat conservation for white-tailed deer. The study was led by Erin Simons-Legaard, a research assistant professor of forest landscape modeling at UMaine. Deer often choose wintering habitat based on the characteristics of the surrounding […]

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Maine Public quotes Greenlaw in ‘Maine Things Considered’ report on sweetgrass

Maine Public quoted Suzanne Greenlaw, a doctoral student in the University of Maine School of Forest Resources, in a “Maine Things Considered” report on sweetgrass research in Acadia National Park. Wabanaki tribes had unlimited access to all of Maine’s natural resources before the arrival of European settlers. Now the Wabanaki and other nations are working […]

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