School of Forest Resources

Maine Public interviews Fernandez after Maine Climate Council meeting

Maine Public talked with Ivan Fernandez after the first meeting of the Maine Climate Council on Thursday. Fernandez, a University of Maine soil and forest scientist, said work on climate change is resuming at the state level. “Some faces here that I haven’t seen in about eight years,” Fernandez said. “We can continue our work.” […]

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Washington Post cites Birthisel in article on Roundup alternatives

The Washington Post cited expertise by Sonja Birthisel, a postdoctoral scholar of weed ecology at the University of Maine, in the article “Whether or not Roundup is safe, the gardener has better options.” More than 18,000 plaintiffs are suing Monsanto, the maker of the herbicide Roundup, alleging cancers related to the product, while the company […]

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New publication about eastern white pine management available

Researchers in the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station and colleagues from neighboring institutions recently published a report called “Field Manual for Managing Eastern White Pine Health in New England.” Eastern white pine is often referred to as “the tree that built America,” and has been used in boatbuilding and home construction for centuries. Today, […]

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Weiskittel quoted in Undark article about trees, climate change

Aaron Weiskittel, a professor of forest biometrics and modeling and director of the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests at the University of Maine, was quoted in the Undark article “Are We Overestimating How Much Trees Will Help Fight Climate Change?” Trees play an important role in helping offset global warming by storing carbon from […]

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Fernandez discusses state’s climate future on Maine Public

Ivan Fernandez, Distinguished Maine Professor in the Climate Change Institute and School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine, discussed the future of Maine’s climate on Maine Public. Fernandez, one of the authors of the report “Maine’s Climate Future,” predicts climate change will mean hot summers, warm winters, more rain and less snow, along […]

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Weiskittel says carbon storage levels in trees may be overestimated

Aaron Weiskittel, director of the University of Maine Center for Research on Sustainable Forests, was interviewed for the story “Are We Overestimating How Much Trees Will Help Fight Climate Change?” in Undark. Bob Marra, a forest pathologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station who uses imaging scans to measure internal decay of trees, says internal […]

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AP reports UMaine to receive NASA grant to study forest health

The Associated Press reported the University of Maine will receive a nearly $750,000 grant from the National Aeronautic and Space Administration to study the quality, health and value of forestland in Maine. The three-year project is led by Parinaz Rahimzadeh, an assistant professor of remote sensing of natural resources at UMaine, and is expected to […]

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MD Islander speaks with Gardner about link between ticks, Acadia fire of ’47

Mount Desert Islander spoke with Allison Gardner, an assistant professor of arthropod vector biology at the University of Maine, about a study she’s leading that found ticks are more abundant in parts of Acadia National Park that burned in the October 1947 fire. “We’re trying to establish associations between where we see high densities of […]

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