Join us on Tuesday, October 12 at noon for a Lunch & Learn webinar as we share our new Forest Impats of Climate Change: Monitoring Indicators tool. We will explore the 24 indicators that were identified as important to northeastern forest ecosystems, how they may be impacted by climate change, and the value of monitoring data. The webinar has been approved for 1.0 Category 1 CFE credits through SAF. Register for the Zoom webinar.
The Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative is excited to announce the release of the Forest Impacts of Climate Change: Monitoring Indicators Version 1.0web-tool. This tool allows users to explore where forest monitoring is occurring of 24 expert-identified climate change indicators in the Northeastern U.S. Users can access protocols and visualize where monitoring studies are already being conducted with a focus on aquatic systems, forest systems, trees, and wildlife. Landowners, managers, and researchers can then use these protocols to implement their own, comparable monitoring programs that will be added to the database that already consists of 350 studies with 168 replicable protocols. Developing this network of monitoring sites provides critical information to help close spatial gaps in monitoring efforts and provides baseline data for further inquiry into how forest systems are shifting in response to climate change.
Please save the data for the annual FEMC conference: "Facing Change: Reimagining forested communities in a time of disruption" to be held on the afternoon of December 16 and the morning of December 17, 2021.
The conference will be a hybrid event with both in-person and online options available.
Visit the conference website and keep an eye out for additional emails with updates about plenary speakers, calls for working sessions, and abstracts.
The Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative (FEMC) seeks to fill a Field Technician position based in Vermont to aid in inventory and measurement of forest plots as part of the Forest Health Monitoring (FHM) Program as well as aid in data entry and quality analysis for this year’s field season. Annually, the FHM program collects data on forest stand composition and structure, canopy condition and crown health, crown closure, tree regeneration, and forest stressors and threats using a variety of field collection tools and protocols.
We are pleased to announce five grants totaling $100,000 in federal funds for the inaugural Ecosystem Monitoring Fund. The objective of this fund is to support forest ecosystem monitoring projects in the seven-state FEMC program area. The goal is to provide support for the collection, aggregation, analysis, and utilization of forest ecosystem monitoring information to better understand the current threats, historical trends, and future directions of the forested landscape in the Northeast. The proposals selected for funding meet these objectives and address key issues identified by FEMC stakeholders:
Updating and Improving the Vermont Parcelization Website; Jamey Fidel, Vermont Natural Resources Council
Expanding Monitoring Efforts to Include Plant Genetic, Bacterial, and Fungal Diversity; Greg Zogg and Steven Travis, University of New England
Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) Montane Invertebrate Study; Jason Hill, Vermont Center for Ecostudies
Community science monitoring of mercury in NH and VT aquatic ecosystems using dragonfly larvae as biosentinels; Celia Chen, Dartmouth College
Monitoring Vegetation Response to Trampling in the Adirondack Alpine Zone; Kayla White, Adirondack Mountain Club
In collaboration with the US Forest Service and state forest health programs, the FEMC will be expanding a regional network of monitoring plots to track the spread and severity of Beech Leaf Disease (BLD). BLD is a foliar disease associated with a subspecies of Japanese nematode, Litylenchus crenatae. This disease has been documented in both mature and young American beech, with mortality often occurring following multiple years of infection. Oriental and European beech are also prone to infection. First detected in Ohio in 2012, BLD has rapidly expanded throughout the northeastern US and Canada. In 2020, BLD spread considerably throughout New York and Connecticut, with initial detections occurring in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The goal of this partnership is to share resources that can aid in detecting this new disease while expanding our regional detection efforts. A portion of FEMC plots with a strong component of American beech will be used to collect measurements of BLD and Beech Bark Disease severity, in addition to site characteristics that may be meaningful factors for disease. The US Forest Service is encouraging partners to use the Tree Health Survey app (available for iPhone and iPad) for reporting potential infections of BLD. For additional information on BLD, consider attending the USDA Forest Service Beech Leaf Disease Virtual Workshop, scheduled for April 15th, 2021. – by Cameron Mcintire, USDA Forest Service
FEMC is hiring for multiple forest health monitoring technicians for the upcoming 2021 field season. The technicians will work with FEMC staff on surveying historical forest health monitoring plots and establishing new plots as part of a regional effort.
To Apply: to apply: Send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for two references to John.firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line please 2021 Field Technician Application. FEMC Staff will begin reviewing applications immediately.
To help the region better understand the patterns and trends in forest regeneration, the Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative (FEMC) created REGEN: The Northeastern Forest Regeneration Data Network , an online data and methodology portal that allows users to explore, search, filter, and compare projects and datasets related to forest regeneration.
While many monitoring efforts and research studies have collected regeneration data, this information has not been aggregated, standardized or made public to the broad group of stakeholders who could benefit from the information. The FEMC responded to these concerns by creating REGEN, a structured framework and portal where visitors can discover and compare projects and datasets that have collected regeneration data.
The data collection available through the portal includes projects and datasets ranging from long term research studies examining the effects of silviculture treatments on regeneration to those looking at the effects of natural disturbances on regeneration. This work reflects the efforts of a broad collaborative group allowing us to work together to promote easier data discovery and utilization without duplication.
Visit the project page to learn more about the project and access the report
FEMC Data Rescue Hits a Milestone!
The FEMC has sought to alleviate the risk of losing inaccessible data by engaging with natural resources organizations to identify vulnerable datasets and documents across the Northeast. Matthias Sirch, FEMC Data Technician, has been spearheading this effort over the past year, traveling from the Catskills in New York all the way to Baxter State Park in Maine to rescue data at risk.
The initial phase of the Data Rescue project began by contacting researchers and land managers across the region from a broad range of disciplines. These contacts worked for non-profits, educational institutions, and state and federal agencies. From their responses, FEMC staff compiled the Data Rescue inventory to shed light on where this material is and what is required for its preservation. These may be air and water quality studies, soil analyses, and forest or wildlife surveys, all collected within or contributing to our understanding of northeastern forests.
With help from the FEMC team, including interns and staff affiliates Brenna Christensen, Kira Cincotta, Gene Desideraggio, Daria Etchings, Lukas Kopacki, Lucyanna Labadie, Yoshiya Ohno, Julia Pupko, Maddie Quill, and Skylar Roach, the Data Rescue project has scanned and archived more than 18,000 pages of datasheets, field notes, reports, aerial imagery, and photo documentation while also digitizing over 1,000 pages from this collection. We also assisted with data management for retiring individuals in an effort to retain valuable institutional knowledge. Through this process, we were able to identify many old forest health surveys that can serve as baselines for our ecosystem monitoring.
With no limit to the extent of this undertaking, the FEMC is still searching for data to save. If you know of any material you wish to include in the Data Rescue inventory, contact the FEMC here. For more information about the process, check out the new promotional video on the Data Rescue's homepage.