Sneak Peek: The Forestry Source, August 2020

July 30, 2020

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Forest Carbon Special Edition

Four articles in this special edition: The American Forest Foundation and The Nature Conservancy have teamed up to develop the Family Forest Carbon Program (FFCP) for landowners with as few as 30 acres. SilviaTerra and Microsoft joined forces the Natural Capital Exchange (NCAPX), which is also attractive to landowners small landowners. “A Forest Carbon Projects Box Score” looks at the overall forest-carbon market. And Source associate editor Andrea Watts asks five natural resources professionals to explain how and why they focus on CO2.

Pennsylvania landowner Susan Benedict (right) with her forester Robert O. Hobbes Jr., CF.
The Benedict family has enrolled a portion of their 2,100 acres in the American Forest
Foundation’s Family Forest Carbon Program. Photo: AFF.

Forestry Schools Adapt to the Pandemic

The covid-19 pandemic hit forestry programs at colleges and universities hard this spring term, but by and large they adapted to campus closures and other restrictions and students graduated on time. This article looks at how forestry programs plan to operate this fall term, with input from deans and senior faculty members from institutions around the nation.

At the University of Idaho, a covered parking area now serves as an outdoor classroom
and work area for the Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences. The area
offers Wi-Fi, desks, and workbenches. Photo courtesy of Charles Goebel.

Perspectives on COVID-19’s Impact

Marshall Thomas, president of F&W Forestry Services Inc., offers his company’s perspectives on the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on the forest products sector. This article is a compilation of responses from Thomas and other F&W foresters. The company is based in Albany, Georgia, and manages forestland in 20 states in the eastern US.

Vindication: Rare Bird Drawn to Managed Forest

A golden-winged warbler was spotted in the Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in June. The bird, a candidate for the federal endangered species list, is far less common in its range in the eastern US than it once was. To make the WMA more hospitable to the warbler and other species that rely on young forest habitat, the state Division of Fish and Wildlife and partner New Jersey Audubon have harvested small areas of mature timber in the 3,500-acre WMA, with a goal of creating early-seral habitat for the warbler and other critters.

This golden-winged warbler was recently sighted in the Sparta Mountain Wildlife
Management Area in New Jersey, in an area harvested six years ago, creating the
early successional habitat the birds prefer. Photo by John Parke, New Jersey Audubon.