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Call for Presentations
Abstracts are being invited for
individual or panel presentations
for the themes listed below. However, submissions are welcomed on any facet of forestry. The number of accepted submissions will be limited by the number of rooms available and the number of time slots scheduled.
This theme is designated for presentations based on empirical research and data analysis revolving around general forest policy questions. Topics may include evaluation of an existing government program; impact of legislative or administrative policy initiatives; design of policies or programs; emerging trends in forest policy and law related to biomass, carbon, climate change, water quality and quantity, and endangered species designations, among others.
Policy Implications for Private Forest Land Management
This theme examines the multiple ways policies at the local, regional, state, and national level influence private land management. This might include case studies and research about how the emergence of TIMOs and REITs have affected land management and future implications; how state forest practices acts affect industrial and nonindustrial landowners; the role of tax policy on landowners’ decisions and ownership objectives.
The Role of Forest Science in Policy (Not Politics)
Forestry is continuously adapting to changing social needs and desires to maintain forested landscapes. What is the changing role of science in informing policy development? What is “the best available” science? How do science and policy drive each other? If information needs are continually shifting, how do we design long-term research to provide timely answers? Are we unintentionally pitting disciplines against each other in the policy arena? Can we use cross-disciplinary collaborations to encourage consistency in policy? How can we help create consistent policies that will encourage continuity when we are managing ecosystems for century-long or longer time frames? What are the limits of forest science expertise in policy development when many policies reflect a wide variety of social influences? Research, case studies, and thoughtful demonstrations that illuminate these concepts are appropriate to this theme.
The Role of Consulting and Extension Foresters in Navigating the Policy Maze
Policy happens at many levels, not just in Washington, DC. Many policies are nested and interconnected–taxes, water quality, shoreland zoning, and state credentialing requirements, to name just a few–and may trickle up or down influencing the advice and management planning of consulting foresters. This theme is designed to discuss the specific ways that national, state, and local policy affects the work of consulting and extension foresters from local road weight limits to threatened and endangered species to the accessibility and availability of cost-sharing assistance for family forest owners to the way science-based information is and can be communicated.
Urban and Community Forestry
This theme will combine scientific research presentations, discussions about the future and employment opportunities in urban and community forestry disciplines, presentations about the opportunities to use urban and community forestry as a conduit to educate about all types of forestry and to attract and retain talent in the profession, and technical sessions with a heavy emphasis on skill acquisition and tool demonstrations and training.
Boots on the Ground
Our approaches for sustainably managing forests and associated resources is ever-changing in response to social, economic, and ecological factors. Therefore, there is a need to share on-the-ground lessons learned to help advance our practice and conservation of forest resources. This track will present case studies, tips, and research designed to help forest managers achieve diverse forest management and restoration objectives.
Abstracts are also invited for the following topic areas:
Biomass, carbon, & bioenergy
Diversity in natural resources research, practice, and education
Education & communication
Entomology and pathology
Fire & fuels management
Remote sensing applications & geospatial technologies
Harvesting & utilization
History & philosophy
Inventory & measurement
Social sciences & human dimensions
Soils & hydrology
Urban & community forestry
Professional development workshops