Forestry and the Environment

Pinto gold potato

UMaine develops new potato variety for gourmet, specialty markets

The University of Maine has released a new gourmet potato variety, Pinto Gold. The potato was tested with the research identification number AF4659-12 and has been available in seed catalogs under that name since 2015. The potato is a high-yielding, yellow-fleshed specialty variety with excellent roasting and eating quality, according to Gregory Porter, who leads […]

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Calhoun leads vernal pool workshop at DMC

Members of local land trusts and municipal conservation and planning committees attended a recent vernal pool conservation workshop led by wetland ecologist Aram Calhoun at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center. Calhoun, a UMaine professor of wetland ecology and conservation, opened the workshop with a primer on the ecology of vernal pools and their […]

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Wood measurement training program to be held at UMaine May 3–4

The University of Maine will host an approved wood measurement training program May 3–4. The course prepares participants to take the state licensing exam to become a licensed wood scaler in the state of Maine. Instruction will be given in scaler’s licensing law, wood measurement methods and all applicable rules. The program includes both classroom […]

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Northeastern States Research Cooperative report reflects 16 years of northern forest research

The Northeastern States Research Cooperative (NSRC) has released its comprehensive report on 16 years of scientific contributions to northern forest research. NSRC state directors are Aaron Weiskittel, University of Maine; William “Breck” Bowden, University of Vermont; William McDowell, University of New Hampshire; and David Newman, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and […]

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Rural community road

Opinions of Maine youth central to project aimed at helping rural communities thrive

Helping rural communities retain and attract young residents is the goal of a three-year study being led by the University of Maine. The project seeks to understand the goals and aspirations of middle- and high-school students in traditionally forest-dependent communities in Maine and Oregon. Researchers will look at economic restructuring, community characteristics, and young people’s […]

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School of Social Work to host public conference on environmental justice

The University of Maine School of Social Work will host a conference on the effects the natural environment has on our overall wellness, as well as the effects humans have on the natural environment. “Environmental Justice: A Social Work Perspective” will be held 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 5 at the D.P. Corbett Business […]

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Undergraduate, graduate students receive awards at 2018 Student Symposium

More than 1,300 undergraduate and graduate students presented their work during the third annual University of Maine Student Symposium held at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on April 17. The free public event, which was organized by UMaine Graduate Student Government and the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) as part of Maine Impact Week, […]

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UMaine community members participating in fourth annual Maine Science Festival

The fourth annual Maine Science Festival will be held throughout downtown Bangor and Orono March 15–18. The University of Maine is one of the major event sponsors. Several members of the UMaine community will lead workshops and participate in the program that draws science, innovation and creative achievement enthusiasts of all ages. A list of […]

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Ameican beech tree

American beech dominating, abundance of maples declining due to climate-associated changes in Northeastern forests

The composition of hardwood forests in the Northeastern United States is changing significantly. In the past 30 years in forestlands in four states, climate-associated changes have increased the abundance of American beech compared to three other hardwood species commonly associated with the regional forests, according to University of Maine-led research team. The significant shift to […]

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