Archive for November, 2020

MSU faculty optimize remote field experiences for forestry students

MSU faculty optimize remote field experiences for forestry students

NOTE: This text is reblogged from a news item on the website of the Michigan State University, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Department of Forestry, authored by Lauren Noel, at https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/msu-faculty-optimize-remote-field-experiences-for-students

Students and faculty in the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University (MSU) share their experiences adapting to an online setting from a traditionally outdoor-focused program.

An MSU forestry student looks up at a stand of trees.
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Task Force probes ‘whys’ behind increased tree mortality

Task Force probes ‘whys’ behind increased tree mortality

Several trees of different species died after the strong hot and dry period during the 2015-16 El Niño drought in Central Amazon (photo). Now scientists are trying to understand the impacts of this drought event, and subsequent tree mortality, on the carbon stocks in the Amazon basin. Photo by Adriane Esquivel Muelbert

Tree mortality appears to be increasing at unprecedented rates.

One may be tempted to think: So what? Trees regenerate. They’ll grow back.

But, for a lot of reasons, it’s not quite that simple.

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IUFRO-SPDC strengthens skills needed in an increasingly complex world (online)

IUFRO-SPDC strengthens skills needed in an increasingly complex world (online)

The online course “Systematic Evidence Evaluation on Forest Landscape Restoration” was organized as a collaboration between IUFRO’s Special Programme for Development of Capacities (IUFRO-SPDC) and the University of Oxford in the UK, and took place between the 12th and 16th of October 2020.

The subject of systematic evidence has become increasingly important in the last decade. The world is becoming more and more complex, and that asks for adequate policy making and smart management decisions. This course gives way to methods of evidence evaluation that support and encourage appropriate and accurate policy decisions and actions that can be taken about forests and forest-related land use.

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IUFRO - The International Union of Forest Research Organizations