Ecological Forestry

"ecological forestry is less a philosophy of management and more of a framework, a toolbox if you will, for management of forests where the goal is to reduce the divergence between managed and natural ecosystems ..." Palik and D'Amato 2017

My research falls within the realm of understanding what ecological forestry "tools" we can use to reduce this divergence between managed and natural ecosystems. In particular, I am interested in how forest management decisions influence the flow of benefits - like timber, clean water, and carbon sequestration - that we have come to expect from forests. It is not enough to produce the science, but it is also important to translate the science into knowledge and put it into the hands of people making natural resource decisions.

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Relevant Literature

Evans, A.M., Clark, F.A., 2017. Putting the Forest First. J. For. 115, 54–55. https://doi.org/10.5849/jof.16-070

Palik, B.J., D’Amato, A.W., 2017. Ecological Forestry: Much More Than Retention Harvesting. J. For. 115, 51–53. https://doi.org/10.5849/jof.16-057

Latest News

NSF grant awarded to develop framework to harness forest ecosystem integrity, resilience data

August 28, 2019

The Ecological Forestry Lab will be part of this great new NSF-funded collaboration between UMaine, UVM, and UNH. 

We'll be working on using complex data from regional forest inventories and growth an yield models to support decision-making for a range of ecosystem services (including timber and carbon)....

Read more about NSF grant awarded to develop framework to harness forest ecosystem integrity, resilience data