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Content from our annual conference is now online! With over 130 people attending despite pretty nasty weather, this year's Annual Conference was a great success. Thank you to all those that participated and attended for making it such a great day for learning, networking and information sharing, with special thanks to our morning plenary speakers for taking time out of their busy days to share their thoughts and ideas.
The afternoon schedule has been set, and we have 30 great talks on offer. Learn what forest indicators are telling us about the forests of the future, effects of future land use change on bobcats, and a snapshot of extreme stream flow events on Mt. Mansfield, and much more. Titles and abstracts are available on the meeting agenda page, and don't forget to register.
Registration for the 2014 VMC Conference is now open, and the deadline for submitting a talk or poster has been moved to November 7. Conference details and paper and poster submission forms are available on our website. It's going to be a great time!
The VMC Annual Conference will be held on December 11, 2014 at UVM. This year's theme - "Science to Policy: Benefitting from Actionable Science" - will focus on how to get the best and most timely research and monitoring findings to the policy and decision makers that need it. Check out the evolving agenda, our call for posters and presentation submissions, and the chance to propose your own working session at the meeting home page, www.uvm.edu/vmc/annualMeeting/2014. Registration will open later this month, and we look forward to seeing you in December!
The Wilderness Act turns 50 this year, and the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests and partners (including VMC) are putting on a celebration in Middlebury, Vermont, in its honor. Join for a day of talks, hiking and workshops!
Registration is open for the Town Forest Summit in Barre at the end of the month. There will be a full day of learning about the role of town forests and showcasing success stories and resources and tools to help establish new town forests.
The VMC staff would like your help to set its strategic priorities and activities for the coming years. Participate in our strategic planning survey. The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete, and will be invaluable to VMC staff and contributors in prioritizing our work. Thanks for your help!
Read the latest report from the paired study of undeveloped and developed water catchments on the eastern slopes of Mt. Mansfield. Jointly funded by the US Geological Survey and the VMC, this monitoring effort is capturing differences in the effects of ski area development on stream flows in forested basins. In the most recent water year, the overall differential in flow from the two catchments was lower than average, but differences in the timing of peak flow were still evident, likely from the effects of withdrawals for snowmaking and the different melting rates of compacted and non-compacted snow.
Jim Andrews has been tracking the richness and abundance of amphibian species on Mt. Mansfield for over 20 years, and over 400 observations from the 2013 field season are now archived in VMC’s database and available upon request. Get in touch with VMC’s Data and Web Coordinator to find out more about accessing the data.
Data from the 2013 Forest Bird Monitoring Program sites on Mt. Mansfield and Lye Brook are now available. With support from VMC, long-time cooperators Steve Faccio, Kent McFarland and Chris Rimmer at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies have continued to build upon their impressive record of 22 years of monitoring high-elevation breeding birds in Vermont. These data are an invaluable resource for understanding how sensitive species are responding to environmental changes across Vermont and regionally though VCE's larger efforts.