With impacts of a global climate crisis increasingly experienced throughout northeastern forested regions, the Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative prepares for action at our 2019 Conference. This year’s overarching theme "Monitoring for Impacts of Climate Change: Tracking and measuring outcomes in northeastern forests” will present updates and research on a wide range of topic categories.
Our morning plenary includes a talk by Richard Primack, conservation biologist of Boston University, who will focus on his current work which highlights the effects of climate change on the flowering, leafing out, fruiting, and leaf senescence times of plants, the migration times of birds and flight times of insects in Massachusetts, and the potential for ecological mismatches among species caused by changes in timing. Professionals will speak on the various initiatives involved in monitoring and measuring aspects of climate change and forest ecosystem responses, pests and disease, technology and partnerships, forest management, forest and alpine ecology, wildlife and forested rivers and streams.
In addition to the contributed talks there will be an opportunity to participate in moderated working sessions in which windows for discussion will encourage insight from numerous perspectives. Over the course of the day, our scheduled presentations will be separated by coffee, lunch and snack breaks providing a chance to view a display of exhibited posters, make new connections and catch up with colleagues. As part of FEMC’s effort to connect across boundaries in the scientific community, we are excited to welcome researchers, educators, natural resource managers, and non-profit from a range of disciplines, all of whom are supporting the Cooperative goals of sharing information and making connections.
All accepted abstracts will be published online as a part of the 2019 Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative Conference Proceedings (check out last year’s proceedings).
We also provide the opportunity for participant-led working sessions in the afternoon, where you can convene collaborators to focus on a topic of your design. If you are interested in proposing a working session, you can learn more and submit your idea at https://www.uvm.edu/femc/cooperative/conference/2019/work_session. Working sessions are approved on a rolling basis until we run out of rooms or November 8th, whichever comes first. FEMC staff are happy to discuss session ideas before submission if that is helpful.
The DEN was highlighted on the USFS NRS website as a featured resource. The DEN is one-stop-shop for dendroecological and associated forest ecology data for the discovery, exploration, and sharing of that data. Check out the post at The DEN.
FEMC partnered with Bard College's Water Lab to increase the availability and accessibility of the data from their water quality program. This program focuses on water quality monitoring in the Saw Kill water shed and the Roeliff Jansen Kill in the state of New York. The FEMC worked with Bard College's Water Lab to design a webtool that is integrated directly onto their website. The tool now displays their data directly on their site in the form of a map, table, and graph. Graphs and maps can be downloaded as images and shapefiles while the raw data can be downloaded directly from their site. Additionally users are able to filter and choose the locations and attributes that they are looking for. This effort was design with the end goal of producing a comprehensive tool that would enable the Bard College Water Lab's website users to access all things related to the water quality monitoring program. The webtools can be accessed at Roe-Jan and Sawkill.
After much deliberation, the FEMC has begun rescuing dozens of projects across the Northeast. Our Data Technicians have been feverishly converting files, digitizing maps, and scanning documents dating back to the 1950’s. So much valuable information! Topics range from monitoring mercury concentrations in largemouth bass to studying population trends of a harmful insect called the pear thrips to scanning rooms full of handwritten field notes from the Catskills. To learn more about the data rescue project go to Data Rescue, and read more about the project’s July highlights here.
The FEMC Database and Web Developer supports FEMC’s data archiving, sharing, integration and exploration mission by overseeing and implementing the development and management of the FEMC data archive, website and associated cyberinfrastructure. Responsible for creating and managing complex databases to archive and serve data from forest health and other environmental monitoring/research projects; administering the FEMC website, including maintenance, development of new features, and troubleshooting; developing new online data access and visualization tools; and assisting FEMC staff and cooperators with data access and analysis tasks. Assist FEMC staff in creating and maintaining automated data collection protocols, collecting air quality monitoring samples in the field, servicing environmental sensors and field stations, and related technical and administrative tasks.
We’re happy to announce that our post-meeting content page is up on our site at
https://www.uvm.edu/femc/cooperative/conference/2018/content. There, you can access video recordings and presentations from most of the talks at the conference, as well as view the posters
presented during our poster session, so if you missed something, check it out or refer back to it for the points you missed. We are hard at work developing the proceedings from the conference, including executive summaries of the morning sessions and the working
sessions, so stay tuned for that.
We are offering a 30-minute webinar on
Wednesday, November 28th, at 11 am to introduce the content, benefits, and search capabilities of the DEN.
The mission of the DendroEcological Network (DEN) is to provide an online repository for dendrochronological and associated forest ecology data, as well as offer a cyberinfrastructure for the discovery, exploration, and sharing of that
data. Using this portal, users can find data on over 4000 cores (and counting!) from 2500 trees across multiple projects, making it easier and faster to integrate data across projects and answer key questions about how our region’s trees are growing.
Click here to register for the DendroEcological Network Webinar.
The 2018 Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative Conference is just around the corner on December 14, 2018 in Burlington, VT, and we are pleased to release the agenda and announce that registration is open! This year’s theme is “Forests
and Climate Change: Managing impacts and planning for the future”.
Conference Agenda Released
Attached is the latest agenda - including contributed talks, posters, and working group sessions – which is also available online at:
https://www.uvm.edu/femc/cooperative/conference/2018/agenda. This year features a stellar plenary line-up, a record-breaking number of contributed talk submissions, and some phenomenal
special working sessions in the afternoon (and it’s still not too late to
propose one of your own!). We will continue to provide updates to the agenda on this page, so check back often. We are in the process of requesting SAF Continuing Forestry Education credits for this conference, last year, we were able to offer 4.5 CFE credits.
In addition, registration for the conference is now open at
https://www.uvm.edu/femc/cooperative/conference/2018/register. Registration costs $23 per person ($21 when you register in a group of 3 or more). When you register, we ask which afternoon working group session you expect to attend, and if you plan to attend
the afternoon social hour and poster session. Your answers to these questions are non-binding but important, as they will allow us to plan for the appropriate numbers at each event. Thank you in advance.
The Dean's Office of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources has generously provided funds for 20 complimentary registrations for graduate students available on a first-come first-served basis.
John Truong to request a free graduate student registration.
For parking information please see:
http://www.uvm.edu/~tpswww/parking/visitor/ and plan to park in the Gutterson parking garage, as there won’t be enough space in the Jeffords lot. Those of you driving Vermont State and Federal vehicles may park in non-metered spaces without a permit.
If you have any questions about the conference or any issues registering, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to seeing you at the conference on December 14th!
We are offering a
30-minute webinar next Tuesday, October 23rd, at 1pm to introduce the site’s content and search capabilities.
The Northeast Forest Fragmentation Information Network (FragNet) is a clearinghouse of over 260 documents, datasets, informational
products and other resources containing a wealth of information for understanding and addressing forest fragmentation. Using FragNet, you can search for and explore resources from maps to legislation to scientific articles, access summaries of each resource
highlighting important information, and download documents, making it easier to find and access available information on forest fragmentation occurring in the Northeast. This resource will be continuously updated, and you think we’re missing anything, please
send us an e-mail to let us know!