2021 Annual Report (pdf)
Edited by Aaron Weiskittel & Meg Fergusson
Highlights of 2021
Despite the shutdowns associated with the global pandemic, CRSF programs and scientists continued to pursue forest-related research and produce significant results.
- Output for CRSF researchers include 16 journal articles, 39 presentations/meetings, 8 research reports, 5 theses, 7 media-related publications, 45 videos.
- During FY21 (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021), CRSF researchers were awarded $2,205,545 to support their research, with an additional $645,945 in funding provided by gifts and internal support.
- CRSF partners with over 50 organizations and educational systems and their people to achieve common research goals and to engage Maine communities interested in science-based forest and ecosystem research.
- In conjunction with the Forest Stewards Guild, CRSF’s Forest Climate Change Initiative developed and hosted a year-long webinar series focused on climate change and forest health, recreational use, forest management, biodiversity and pests, as well as the role of carbon and greenhouse gases.
- The Maine Forestry & Agriculture NCS Mitigation Potential final report presents findings from a part of the larger Maine Natural Climate Solutions Initiative project that seeks to: (1) assess current practices to determine the degree to which foresters and farmers are using NCS; (2) determine the most cost-effective NCS for Maine; (3) understand key barriers to adopting NCS; and (4) generate information about which practices can be implemented on a broader scale.
- Center for Advanced Forestry Systems (UMaine is the lead site) researchers were able to continue their research and share it with the broader scientific community through refereed publications and virtual presentations at scientific meetings. Graduate student training is featured in CAFS research and technology transfer, allowing them to gain valuable knowledge of applied problem solving using interdisciplinary techniques across multiple scales.
- The Leveraging Intelligent Informatics and Smart Data for Improved Understanding of Northern Forest Ecosystem Resiliency (INSPIRES; Smart Data for Resilient Forests) project continues to grow cross-theme and cross-institution collaboration opportunities, deploy sensors at a variety of locations, and recruit graduate and undergraduate student to work on related projects.
- The revitalized and re-funded Northern States Research Cooperative funded 13 projects with nearly $1.6 million to explore a broad range of concerns related to land use and sustainable forestry, rural communities and economic development, climate change, biodiversity, recreation and tourism, invasive pests and diseases, and Traditional Ecological Knowledge.
Fifteen project progress and final reports by CRSF researchers cover: carbon sequestration; the influence of forest management practices on soil productivity, carbon storage and conservation; lowland northern white-cedar ecology & management; Intelligent GeoSolutions project objectives & outcomes; Penobscot Experimental Forest and Howland Research Forest research updates; FOR/Maine forest economy roadmap; resilience indicators to ensure equitable, objective, & continued investment in Northern Border Communities; greenhouse mitigation potential of natural climate solutions from Maine’s working lands; landscape planning and adaptation in anticipation of a regional insect outbreak; understanding climate changes risks & behavior; Forest carbon estimation via LiDAR; eastern white pine resilience.
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