The 2018 Northeast Silviculture Institute for Foresters Training

Through a grant from the USDA Forest Service's State and Private Forestry Program, the North East State Foresters Association (NEFA) is offering the Northeast Silviculture Institute for Foresters (Institute). This is a series of training workshops in graduate level silviculture, offered in 2017 and 2018. The training is delivered by an academic team coordinated by the Universities of New Hampshire and Vermont – drawing on the best experts from the other universities in the region, as well as other experts.

NEFA chose to pursue this project given significant new knowledge needed by foresters to make silvicultural decisions on the ground. Threats to forests in the northeast United States from fragmentation, invasive plants and insects, high-grading, climate change and shifts in wood utilization and manufacturing capacity have revealed gaps in the knowledge of, and learning opportunities for, working forest managers – especially in silviculture. Field foresters need updated and accurate information regarding new and emerging forest science to assure their silvicultural decisions made are as informed as possible. 

The 2018 Northeast Silviculture Institute for Foresters training