Forestry and the Environment

GeoDataPoint interviews Sandilands about career

GeoDataPoint interviewed David Sandilands, an aerial survey pilot and remote sensing technician with the Barbara Wheatland Geospatial Analysis Laboratory in the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine. Sandilands operates the university’s Cessna 172 aircraft and sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial Systems) platforms, helps develop materials for technical instruction of remote sensing applications, and […]

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Roth helps plant chestnuts, The Piscataquis Observer reports

The Piscataquis Observer reported Brian Roth, the acting director of the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit at the University of Maine, collaborated to plant an American chestnut germplasm conservation orchard at the Law Farm in Dover-Foxcroft. Germplasm are living genetic resources, like seeds. The American chestnut tree grew on more than 200 million acres of the […]

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UMaine faculty members take students to Chile

University of Maine Forest Bioproducts Research Institute faculty members Douglas Gardner and David Neivandt, and Doughty Middle School science teacher Tracy Vassiliev will accompany seven undergraduate students from throughout the country on a weeklong trip to Chile. The trip is the culminating experience of a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF REU) program, […]

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Forestry workers in the woods

Team awarded $1.17M to help protect forest workers from tick-borne illnesses

A team of University of Maine researchers has been awarded $1.17 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop and test land management practices to protect Maine forest workers from exposure to tick-borne diseases. The three-year project, “Developing adaptive forest management practices to mitigate impacts of climate change on human health,” is being led […]

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The Maine Edge publishes UMaine release on spruce pale ale project

The Maine Edge carried a University of Maine news release about a partnership between faculty in the School of Forest Resources at UMaine, Black Bear Brewing Company and Marsh Island Brewing to create a pale ale using spruce tips. The brew, named “Green Growth,” is made with tips from Norway spruce trees from UMaine’s Dwight […]

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Crandall quoted in BDN article on turnaround in forestry market

The Bangor Daily News quoted Mindy Crandall, an assistant professor of forest landscape management and economics at the University of Maine, in an article on changes in the forestry market, including increasing prices and demand. Wood prices have doubled in the past six months, resulting from several factors like a buildup in the demand for […]

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International scientists to participate in sustainable forest management workshop

A two-day workshop on sustainable forest management focused on northern forests research will bring scientists from the United States, Canada and Denmark to the University of Maine, June 7–8. The event, “Long-Term Site Productivity Research: Lessons from Other Regions and Opportunities for Maine,” is offered by the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit (CFRU), a stakeholder-driven research […]

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MIRTA team presentation

First five MIRTA teams showcase their discoveries

Five discoveries, including one designed to monitor the health of beehives using radar, were showcased by University of Maine faculty-led teams from the Maine Innovation, Research and Technology Accelerator (MIRTA) May 30 at the Foster Center for Student Innovation on campus. The five MIRTA projects are: A radar-based beehive activity monitor, developed by Nuri Emanetoglu, […]

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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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