Pennsylvania becoming world leader in forest research
Sun, Dec 19 2010 at 10:21 PM
By The Nature Conservancy
WILLIAMSPORT — Nov. 8, 2010 — The Nature Conservancy’s West Branch Forest in Clinton County — and the innovative work that TNC staff are doing on-site — have earned a global reputation for innovative conservation forestry practices, including sustainability certification, carbon marketing and forest restoration.
Scientists from Asia, Africa and Europe will visit Williamsport and West Branch to share strategies with Conservancy foresters and tour local forest research and demonstration projects.
“Williamsport is on the international radar,” said Jenkins. “They will be learning from us, and we’ll also be learning from them.”
Bruce Cabarle, director of forest conservation at the World Wildlife Fund and a founder of the international Forest Stewardship Council certification program and Dylan Jenkins, director of forest conservation for The Nature Conservancy’s Pennsylvania chapter will lead the discussion of a wide range of forest issues and will be available for interviews.
The visiting scientists will tour West Branch Forest, a 3,000-acre property bordering Sproul State Forest, where Conservancy scientists develop and demonstrate new forest conservation practices. Ongoing research projects include strategies for regenerating oaks utilizing prescribed fire and understory mowing, field tests of blight-resistant hybrid American chestnut trees and development of the FoRest Decision Tool, a model that foresters and landowners can use to better manage their lands for biodiversity as well as economic return.
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