Forestry and the Environment

Wheatland Geospatial researchers join NASA initiative, receive funding for carbon mapping

Two University of Maine researchers will join NASA’s Global Ecosystems Dynamic Investigation (GEDI) science initiative with a $500,000 grant that will facilitate development and testing of carbon mapping methods using satellite data gathered on the International Space Station. Daniel Hayes, director of the University of Maine Wheatland Geospatial Laboratory and Aaron Weiskittel, director of the […]

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BDN advances Mitchell Center talk about timberland valuation transformation

The Bangor Daily News advanced a media release about the University of Maine Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions hosting a talk on how the valuation of timberland has changed over the past several decades scheduled for 3–4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26. In the talk, “Waste Land to Portfolio: How Timberland Was Transformed […]

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Maine Monitor interviews Shaler about carbon footprint of wood for housing

Stephen Shaler, director of the School of Forest Resources and associate director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine, spoke with The Maine Monitor about comparing the carbon footprint of wood to other building materials. Shaler, also a professor of wood sciences, was featured in a “Sea Change” commentary piece […]

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Poland Spring, University of Maine to explore bio-based materials

The University of Maine’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute (FBRI) is collaborating with Poland Spring Brand 100% Natural Spring Water and its parent company, Nestlé Waters North America, to evaluate and develop bio-based solutions that could serve as alternative packaging for Poland Spring products. As part of the collaboration, UMaine will explore new possible uses of […]

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UMaine’s Natural Climate Solutions Initiative releases interim report on Maine land sector’s greenhouse gas mitigation potential 

The University of Maine Natural Climate Solutions Initiative has released an interim report that explores approaches for mitigating the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through management in forestry and agriculture. Natural climate solutions (NCS) are conservation, restoration and improved land management actions that increase carbon storage or avoid greenhouse gas emissions in landscapes and wetlands. […]

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Mainebiz references UMaine logging study in report

Mainebiz referenced a study conducted by University of Maine faculty titled “The Economic Contribution of Logging and Trucking in Maine,” in an article about the return of a 12-week certificate program in logging. According to the study, conducted by researchers from the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and School of Forest Resources, the logging and […]

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Pine Tree Watch interviews UMaine, Extension faculty about shift in weather patterns

Pine Tree Watch interviewed Sean Birkel, research assistant professor in the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, and John Jemison, a soil and water quality specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, about shift weather patterns fueled by climate change. According to the article, “Rain deficits can be prompted by “atmospheric blocking […]

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Fernandez talks about Maine Climate Council action plan on ‘Maine Calling’

Ivan Fernandez, a professor of soil science and forest resources and cooperating professor in the Climate Change Institute, was a recent guest on Maine Public’s “Maine Calling.” The show’s topic was about the Maine Climate Council’s four-year action plan to address climate change. Fernandez is one of two scientists who serve the council.

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Tan, colleagues plant American chestnuts to return ‘perfect tree’ to ecosystem

For generations, majestic American chestnut trees flourished and provided food and wood for people from Maine to Florida. These 100-foot “redwoods of the East” were called perfect trees. They grew fast and produced nutritious chestnuts for people and animals. And their straight-grained and rot-resistant wood was ideal for building houses and barns and crafting furniture.  […]

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