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