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Session - Wednesday, July 14, 3:00 to 5:00 in the SFRES atrium
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Speaker Announced: Dr. Ann Bartuska, Deputy
Chief of Research & Development - USDA Forest Service.
"A Vision for Forestry Science
in the 21st Century" Click
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are proud to be hosting this year's workshop. The 18th North American
Forest Biology Workshop is the most recent in a series of biennial
technical conferences that began at Michigan State University in
by the Tree Physiology and Forest Genetics working groups of the
Society of American Foresters, the conference was originally conceived
as a forum for scientists concerned principally with tree physiology
and forest genetics. It has since evolved into a "must attend"
event for exchange of technical information and ideas amongst scientists
working in many areas of basic forest biology, ecology, silviculture,
genetics and conservation throughout North America.
2004 Workshop is being hosted by the School
of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES) on the
campus of Michigan Technological University
in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula.
The 2002 Workshop hosted by the Department of Natural Resource Sciences
on the Pullman Campus of Washington State University addressed the
theme Rocky Mountain Ecosystems:
Diversity, Complexity and Interactions.
Upper Great Lakes region of North America is a land dominated by
the largest freshwater system in the world and some of the most
extensive forest ecosystems in the eastern United States. Compared
to other regions of the U.S., the landscape has experienced little
fragmentation. The complex physiography is the product of the advance
and retreat of the Wisconsinan glaciation, approximately 12,000
years ago, and the underlying geology. Landforms range from Pleistocene-age
flat sandy outwash plains with coarse texture soil and rolling moraines
of fine texture, to relatively high elevation Pre-Cambrian crystalline
bedrock outcrops in highly dissected terrain.
The climate is strongly influenced by the energy balance of the
Lakes, being more moderate than surrounding continental regions,
and experiences extreme gradients of temperature and precipitation.
in elevation, soils, and distance from the Lakes create a wide variety
of environmental conditions to which a diverse array of ecosystems
have become adapted since the land was last covered by ice. Industrial
exploitation of vast timber and mineral resources resulted in several
economic booms during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, resulting
in almost total deforestation and severe pollution of the region.
A changing global economy and resource depletion caused economic
collapse and depopulation, allowing an amazing recovery of the forests,
lakes, and streams.
world's population and economy are once again changing, creating
new pressures on our natural resources. Rising human population
and economic growth are increasing the rate of development and landscape
fragmentation, changing the biogeochemical cycles of water, carbon,
and nitrogen, and moving non-indigenous species around the globe
at an unprecedented rate. These changes threaten the climatic stability
and fundamental capacity of the Ecosphere to sustain life. A key
factor to our success in meeting these challenges will be science-based
management of global water and forest resources.
Given the history and natural resources of the Upper Great Lakes
region, it provides an ideal venue for the 18th North American Forest
Biology Workshop. It is the goal of the Workshop to provide a forum
where scientists and natural resource professionals from government,
academia, industry, and conservation can work together to begin
to position society to best preserve the ecological capacity of
forest and aquatic ecosystems, while meeting human demands in the
Vision for Forestry Science in the 21st Century
Dr. Ann Bartuska
Deputy Chief of Research & Development - USDA Forest Service
Abstract - Early in the 1990's, Federal natural resource
agencies adopted "ecosystem management" as a framework
for dealing with the increasingly complex issues facing them. Ecosystem
management was as much about recognizing the ecologial context for
management, as integrating social and economic values and pressures
into science and decisions. The concepts of ecosystem management
have evolved and have laid the foundation for sustainability of
our forests and grasslands, and our science has been part of this
change. However, are our organizations and our professional disciplines
positioned to respond to these changes as we move into the future?
What new skills and new approaches should we be considering?