Southern New England Forests
for Wildlife, for People, and for Resilience in the Face of Climate Change
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Thoughtful management of our forests...
Provides diverse habitat for native wildlife and vegetation,
Provides clean air and water,
Provides recreational opportunities for mental and physical health,
Provides raw materials for a local and sustainable green economy
Creates a resilient forest landscape in the face of climate change
This website is intended to help natural resource professionals, policy makers, and the general public understand who foresters are, the value of the above goals, and how foresters work to achieve them.
To that end, we are collecting and sharing information in this web-based toolbox. We hope you find it to be a helpful resource that engages you and the forests of your community.
Please explore this site and contact us with your thoughts, questions, and ideas. Our contact information is at the bottom of the page, or you can reach us on social media. We look forward to hearing from you!
What's Going On?
Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and John Barrasso (R-WY), both of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, sent a letter to President Biden urging him to implement proactive forest management policies to reduce the occurrence of deadly wildfires, increase carbon storage, mitigate emissions, and improve the health and resiliency of our forests, communities, local economies, and climate.
Read this ARTICLE from senate news.
Read the LETTER to Biden.
This in-depth article by Jan Spiegel tells the tale of CT volunteers and conservation partners working to manage forests such that they will be prepared to take on the uncertain climate future. This can mean sutting some trees, planting others, and fostering good forest health so trees can deal with changing temperatures, precipitation, pests and pathogens. Learn about southern pine beetles and beech leaf disease, and the partners working on the issues including, UConn, the CT DEEP, MassConnWoods, and the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science at the USFS.
To Keep Forests Intact,
We Must Use Them.
Research demonstrates that demand for wood leads to increased forest area and productivity. Wood-based bioenergy supports markets that help protect our forests from conversion to other uses.
A Forest Steward Guild Article
Read about the forest ecosystem from the perspective of a hunter, forester & tree-hugger. Ethan Tapper helps us to understand the balance between appreciation and involvement, and the complexities of really being a part of an environment you love.
Forests in areas with different climates have different ways that they form and change. Foresters call this “forest disturbance” and “forest development”. This article, describing forests of the seasonally dry state of New Mexico, illustrates that with different forest ecology comes a different set of issues that forest managers must learn to deal with. Our forests in southern New England don’t rely on periodic ground fires, but they also benefit from appropriate forest management practices.