NIACS and the Forest Stewards Guild are teaming up to offer a new webinar series focused on forests and climate change adaptation. The series will bring together scientists and managers to learn about and discuss emerging topics related to the effects of climate change on forest management, with a focus on forests in New England and New York.
Each session will first explore the latest scientific information from someone actively researching the issue, followed by an example of a real-world management project.
December 11 at 12:00: Forest Carbon Management and Climate Adaptation
Featuring Paul Catanzaro, UMass Amherst; Todd Ontl, NIACS; and Steve Hagenbuch, Audubon Vermont.
January 16 at 12:00: Assisted Migration
Featuring Tony D'Amato, University of Vermont, and Kevin Evans, Dartmouth College.
February 27 at 12:00: Climate Refugia
Featuring Toni Lynn Morelli, Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center and Rebecca Quinones and Brian Hawthorne, MassWildlife.
March 19 at 1:00: Warming Winters
Featuring Pam Templar, Boston University, and Robert Turner, RJ Turner Company.
April 16 at 12:00: Changing Hydrology
Featuring John Campbell, US Forest Service Northern Research Station.
May 21 at 12:00: Forest Birds
Featuring Steve Matthews, Ohio State University, and and Tom Lautzenheiser, Mass Audubon.
June 25 at 12:00: Regeneration Debt
Featuring Kathryn Miller, National Park Service, and Chris Zimmerman, The Nature Conservancy.
Maria Janowiak is deputy director of the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, led by the USDA Forest Service. Her biggest project is to coordinate the Climate Change Response Framework activities in New England and northern New York, an area that includes more than 40 million acres of forest stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the peaks of the Appalachians. She has also assisted in expanding adaptation work to new topics, including agriculture and carbon management. Maria has more than ten years of experience in helping natural resource professionals understand and adapt to climate change, with particular emphasis on the northern forests ecosystems. She has led multiple ecoregional vulnerability assessments, created decision-support tools, taught courses, and provided direct outreach to thousands of people.
Amanda Mahaffey is deputy director of the Forest Stewards Guild. This role builds on seven years serving as the Forest Stewards Guild’s Northeast Region Director. From her base in Maine, Amanda supports the national Women Owning Woodlands network, expands the Foresters for the Birds program begun in Vermont, organizes learning events for the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange, grows New England’s forest climate adaptation community of practice, and supports Guild members in advancing ecological forestry. Amanda is a licensed forester and holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Southern Maine. She has been an active member of the Forest Stewards Guild and the Society of American Foresters since her student days, and is passionate about supporting succeeding generations of forest stewards.