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Holt Research Forest Workshop-October 5, 2017

October 5, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

| Free

One Day Research-Focused Workshop to Highlight HRF and Its 35 Year History

Since 1983, the University of Maine Holt Research Forest (HRF) in mid-coast Maine has been the site of long-term ecosystem research. The site is an oak-pine forest type with several long-term data sets including avian, small mammals, trees and regeneration, herbaceous and others. We are nearing our 35th anniversary and have experienced a number of recent changes including the funding foundation, retirements of the original project PIs (Dr. Malcolm Hunter, Mr. Alan Kimball, and Dr. Alan White), and transition to new leadership (Dr. Aaron Weiskittel). We are taking this as an opportunity to assess where we have been, current status, and future opportunities.

We recently received a National Science Foundation Field Station and Marine Lab (FSML) planning grant. Development of a strategic plan is the primary objective of this grant so we will be hosting a team of external visiting scientists (October 4-6, 2017) to assist us in the process. This Board of Visitors includes Mark Ashton, Yale School of Forestry and Env. Studies; David Foster, Harvard Forest; Brian Kloeppel, Western Carolina University; Bill Schuster, Black Rock Forest Consortium; Jennifer Seavey, UNH/Shoals Marine Laboratory; and Hilary Swain, Archbold Biological Station.

As part of the visit, we will have a one day research-focused workshop highlighting HRF and its 35 year history. After the workshop in Bath, there will be an opportunity to travel to HRF in Arrowsic for a tour (bus transportation provided).

We would like to invite you to attend this one day workshop on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street, Bath, ME (Directions here). Attendance will give you a chance to hear about the activities at HRF, explore current research opportunities, and possibly help in development of the future research agenda for HRF.

Workshop Agenda (Printable copy here)

9:00 am – Introduction and Welcome

Aaron Weiskittel and Jack Witham

9:15 am – Landscape Context of HRF

Ecological Significance of Kennebec Estuary –
Mitch Hartley, North Atlantic Coordinator, Atlantic Coast Joint Venture, US Fish &   Wildlife Service

Land protection in the Kennebec Estuary –
Andy Cutko, Director of Science, The Nature Conservancy, Maine Chapter

10:00 am – Coffee break, Posters

10:30 am – HRF Research

Holt Research Forest overview –
Mac Hunter, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology, UMaine

Research and Data –
Jack Witham, School of Forest Resources, UMaine

Forest Dynamics –
Aaron Weiskittel, School of Forest Resources, UMaine

12:00 pm – Lunch (provided), Posters

1:00 pm – HRF Research continued

Of voles and seeds: demographic mechanisms linking tree seeds and rodent population fluctuations –
Alessio Mortelliti, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology, UMaine

Long-term numerical and spatial response of birds to a group-selection timber harvest in Maine –
Steve Campbell, Conservation Biologist, Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission

2:00 pm – Wrap up and HRF Tour (Bus transportation to Arrowsic provided)
4:00 pm – Return to Bath

We believe HRF has a long-term, vibrant, and dynamic future that will leverage our past accomplishments. We would welcome and greatly appreciate your knowledge, insights, and participation in this transition.

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October 5, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Jack Witham, Holt Research Forest
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Patten Free Library
33 Summer St
Bath, ME United States
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