Call for Presentations

Abstracts are being invited for science flashes and posters for the themes listed below. However, submissions are welcomed on any facet of forestry.

Themes

Forest Policy

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:
  • Agroforestry
  • Biomass, Carbon, & Bioenergy
  • Climate Change
  • Diversity in Natural Resources Research, Practice, and Education
  • Economics
  • Education, Extension, and Communication
  • Entomology and Pathology
  • Fire and Fuels Management
  • Forest Threats
  • Forest Ecology
  • Remote Sensing Applications and Geospatial Technologies
  • Harvesting and Utilization
  • International Forestry: Making an Impact Beyond Our Borders
  • History and Philosophy
  • Inventory and Measurement
  • Private Forestry/Family Forest Owners
  • Recreation and Wilderness Management
  • Silviculture
  • Social Sciences and Human Dimensions
  • Soils and Hydrology
  • Urban and Community Forestry
  • Wildlife Management
  • Professional Development Seminars