FEMC recently completed the Northeastern Forest Inventory Network online tool. We are excited to announce a webinar to help you learn how to use the tool and ways that you might be able to put it to use in your work. Please join us online on Thursday, October 19 at noon for a lunch and learn.
We are excited to announce the hire of our new Director, Alison Adams. Alison brings a wealth of experience in interdisciplinary environmental work, spanning disciplines from remote sensing and landscape modeling to ecosystem services and stakeholder engagement. Her work coordinating and translating research for both expert and lay audiences, along with her personal commitment to engaging diverse stakeholder groups make her an ideal leader to expand the reach and impact of the FEMC.
Alison leaves her current position as the Watershed Forestry Coordinator with Lake Champlain Sea Grant and UVM Extension. In this role, she established and developed the Watershed Forestry Partnership, a program that facilitates research, communication, and collaboration related to riparian forest restoration and management. In its inaugural year she grew this collaborative network to over 250 diverse partners representing a wide variety of nonprofits, state and federal agencies, watershed groups, and universities to perform outreach and knowledge sharing around riparian forest restoration in the Lake Champlain Basin.
Alison’s scholarship ranges from remote sensing and landscape modeling of forest cover change, forest fragmentation, and carbon storage to examinations of the ways in which environmental change affects individuals’ relationships with nature in terms of values like identity, heritage, and sense of place. She is currently completing her PhD in Natural Resources at UVM and is expected to graduate in 2023. Alison has also worked in environmental advocacy in Washington, DC, and in community outreach building recreational spaces in under-served communities. This preparation highlights how Alison is uniquely equipped to work and communicate across disciplines.
The FEMC is excited to have recruited Alison to this position and is looking forward to seeing her implement her vision for how the organization can expand its scope and impact. Her first objective is to learn from the FEMC collaborative network to understand how the FEMC can better meet its mission. Feel free to reach out to Alison in this new role and welcome her to the FEMC Community.