University of Maine Climate and Forest Network

In light of our changing climate and its opportunities and challenges, the CRSF is now managing and coordinating the Forest Climate Change Initiative, an outreach effort to improve networking and communications as well as collaborative research on this subject.

Spruce Budworm Task Force

screencapture-sprucebudwormmaineThe Maine Spruce Budworm Task Force, formed in 2013 with experts from the Maine Forest Service Maine Forest Products Council, and the University of Maine’s Cooperative Forestry Research Unit, maintains a website (and related Facebook page) to convey lessons learned during the last outbreak and be proactive about sharing up-to-date outbreak and response efforts to mitigate potential negative impacts from the future infestation. The Task Force’s efforts aim to enhance research efforts and project model future conditions so that appropriate investments in forest management in place to utilize the wood generated by this future outbreak while attempting to mitigate negative impacts on wildlife habitats, recreation and other forest resources.

Past CRSF Programs

Family Forests

Dr. Jessica Leahy, Program Leader

The focus of the Family Forests Program under CRSF (2010-17) was to conduct applied scientific research and outreach that contributes to the sustainable management of Maine’s family forests for desired products, services, and conditions in partnership with Maine’s family forest stakeholders. Research projects included evaluating forest pest outreach efforts, understanding landowner stewardship responsibilities, landowner succession planning, and the prediction of woody biomass supply from small woodland owners. Dr. Leahy, Professor of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources in the School of Forest Resources, continues to conduct research in this field.

Conservation Lands and Public Values

Dr. Robert Lilieholm, Program Leader

The Conservation Lands and Public Values program under CRSF (2010-2016) sought to assist decision-makers and planners to think strategically about balancing land conservation, working lands protection, and land development activities. Projects have included alternative futures modeling for the lower Penobscot and lower Androscoggin river watersheds, mobilizing diverse interests to address invasive species threats, and how the public values emerging technologies in forest-based biorefining.