Science, Recovery and Climate at a Long-term Forest Watershed Research Site the Topic of Upcoming Webinar/Field Tour
Session 2: Long-term Watershed Research
Dec 6, 2023 Webinar, Noon-1pm (1 Cat 1 CFE)
Dec 8, 2023 Field Tour, 9am – 1:30pm (4.5 Cat 1 CFE)
Year 4 Series: Adaptation & Implementation
Join us as we dig into forest health concerns due to climate impacts at new sites around the state. Our panelists will address management & restoration efforts, relevance of long-term research, fire as a tool, biohabitat concerns, forest health threats, and unique adaptation strategies at each site. Noontime webinars are free (registration required); field tour registration is limited to 25 and includes lunch, snacks, and van transport.
Bear Brook Watershed (Lead Mtn, nr Beddington) is the home to long-term research to determine the effects of acid deposition on surface waters and their related watersheds. BBWM program of research encompasses an array of scientific objectives that include acid deposition, climate change and carbon sequestration, nitrogen saturation, base cation depletion, and studies of the evolution of watershed biogeochemistry under prolonged experimental acidification.
Discussion & Field Tour: Mike Howie, American Forest Management, Ivan Fernandez, University of Maine Professor of Soil Science, and Jake Metzler, Forest Society of Maine. Topics will cover the intersection of science, recovery and climate at a long-term research site, the historical and current research at the site, uncut v. managed forests, and the role of conservation efforts. Michael Jensen from the Maine Forest Service will join the field tour.