Forestry and the Environment

Phys.org reports on UMaine study about recruiting more women for forestry careers

Phys.org, Canadian Biomass Magazine and Pulp and Paper Canada shared a University of Maine study that outlines how to recruit more women for careers in the forestry industry, particularly the bioenergy sector. The team found that attracting and retaining women in bioenergy and related-fields can be done by offering interdisciplinary research opportunities in higher education; […]

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Mitchell Center to host talk about challenges in forest management Nov. 28

The Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine will host a talk titled “Sustainability Is Not Enough: From Stewardship to Reciprocity” at 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28. In this talk, Roger Milliken, board chair of the Baskahegan Company, discusses the conflicts between traditional forest management practices and the […]

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New study outlines ways to recruit more women for bioenergy, forestry

To recruit more women for careers in the forestry industry, particularly the bioenergy sector, University of Maine researchers have devised a road map. The team, led by Abigayl “Abby” Novak, a master’s student in forest resources at the BioEnergy Lab of the School of Forest Resources (SFR), found that attracting and retaining women in bioenergy […]

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Libby Lecture to focus on sustainable forest and climate solutions

Peter Ellis will present the University of Maine’s fourth annual Libby Lecture in Natural Resource Policy at 3 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the Buchanan Alumni House. Ellis’ talk, “Smarter logging for good: Sustainable, low-impact forestry as a natural climate solution,” will discuss the role of forest management in achieving global environmental, economic and social […]

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AP notes UMaine role in USDA forest carbon storage project

The Associated Press reported that the University of Maine will partner with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for their New England Climate-Smart Forest Partnership Project, which will build markets for climate-smart forest products to store carbon in wood products and substitute wood products for fossil fuel-based materials. The project could receive as much as $30 […]

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News Center Maine features Intermedia students making art with nanocellulose

News Center Maine interviewed Alex Rose and Augusta Sparks Farnum, graduate students in the University of Maine’s Intermedia program, about their work using nanocellulose as a material for their art projects. Rose said that one of the things that she likes most about using the material is that it’s environmentally friendly and non-toxic, while Farnum […]

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Artificial intelligence can be used to better monitor Maine’s forests, UMaine study finds

Monitoring and measuring forest ecosystems is a complex challenge because of an existing combination of softwares, collection systems and computing environments that require increasing amounts of energy to power. The University of Maine’s Wireless Sensor Networks (WiSe-Net) laboratory has developed a novel method of using artificial intelligence and machine learning to make monitoring soil moisture […]

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