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Conferences and Tours
As part of the CFRU’s mission to disseminate the latest research to stakeholders and policy makers alike, it stages periodic conferences and tours on a variety of topics.
CFRU LiDAR Workshop
2014 Workshop For Resource Managers and GIS Users of CFRU Member Organizations
January 22, 2015
LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is an emerging technology that has the potential to revolutionize the way we do forestry. This workshop will feature presentations on the operational application of the technology by staff from JD Irving & Leading Edge Geomatics in New Brunswick. Dr. Doug Pitt, from the Canadian Wood Fire Centre, will present a case for the rapid payback of investment using the case of large industrial landowner in Ontario. There will be a discussion of new research directions and applications of LiDAR to solve operational problems. Joe Young, with the Maine GeoLibrary, will discuss opportunities to leverage CFRU landowner/manager support to attract public funds to acquire LiDAR in Maine.
CFRU Spruce Budworm Workshop
2014 Fall Workshop For Foresters and Managers of CFRU Member Organizations
October 30, 2014
Learn the latest information about the science and management of the coming spruce budworm outbreak. This workshop will bring North America's leading SBW experts together to share the latest information about the SBW. Following a review of what we learned from the 1970s-80s outbreak, topics will cover current status of SBW populations in Maine and Canada, an overview of the ongoing early intervention program in New Brunswick and Quebec, and a review of the operational SBW control program in Quebec. Of particular interest to attendees will be discussion about the newly drafted SBW strategic plan for the State of Maine. The workshop will wrap up with a panel discussion on how to deal with the SBW threat now and into the future.
Overstory Removal and Advanced Regeneration: Challenges and Opportunities
2013 Fall Field Tour
October 10, 2013
This tour will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing managers when planning harvest entries in shelterwoods or final overstory removal. In Maine it can be a challenge to effectively and economically remove the merchantable timber. There are opportunities to promote and protect advaced regeneration in the understory. We will visit several landowners in the Nicatous/Duck Lakes region. Research results will be presented on logging costs and productivity, regeneration recruitment following commercial thinning, and the control of undesireable species.
Moose Density and Forest Regeneration
2012 Fall Field Tour
October 18, 2012
This is a joint tour with the Maine Chapter of The Wildlife Society and will be held on Plum Creek property on the east side of Moosehead Lake. Moose are an iconic species in Maine and are both economically and ecologically important to the North Woods. However, where moose density is high, browsing can negatively impact forest regeneration. There will presentations from biologists, scientists and land managers.
Early Commercial Thinning Research Site Visit
May 24, 2012
Join us to discuss post harvest stand condition, biomass retention, and operational challenges at the Summit Township Early Commercial Thinning project site. Meet and park at 12 PM at the boat launch on Route 2 across from the Greenfield Road (Gazetteer 33D4).
Capturing Value Through Thinning
2012 Spring Forester's Workshop
May 16, 2012
This biennial event is geared towards foresters, operations managers and planners who are making decisions about thinning activities. Presentations in this workshop will highlight results from several CFRU thinning research projects and some from away, while providing an industry perspective towards maximizing the value from these operations.
Early Commercial Thinning Research Site Visit
November 14, 2011
This is an opportunity to discuss preliminary findings of post harvest assessment and biomass retention implications at the Summit Township project site. Meet and park at 1 PM at the boat launch on Route 2 across from the Greenfield Road (Gazetteer 33D4). University vans will provide transportation to the project site.
Managing Maine's Future Forest: The Spruce Budworm 'Sea of Wood'
2011 Fall Field Tour
October 27, 2011
This tour will explore the key management issues facing CFRU members with the 'Sea of Wood' that is coming from spruce budworm era stands established in the 1970's and 80's across northern Maine. Hosted by Plum Creek Timber, this year's CFRU Fall Field Tour will feature a visit to the Austin Pond Study site that was established by CFRU in 1977.
Maine's Bioenergy Marketplace: What You Need to Know
2010 Fall Field Tour
October 7, 2010
This year's tour will consist of presentations highlighting various aspects of the growing bioenergy marketplace in the State of Maine. It will also include a tour of the Old Town Fuel and Fiber Facility, which is on the cutting edge of developing biofuels generation technology.
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