NSRC backs UMaine researchers’ Northern Forest sustainability projects 

University of Maine researchers received financial awards from the Northern States Research Cooperative (NSRC) to conduct projects that tackle issues communities in the Northern Forest are facing. 

The funding that will support UMaine research endeavors derives from an overall $1.6 million investment from the NSRC for 13 projects across Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. Benefactors include UMaine assistant professor of forest entomology Angela Mech, who will led the development of a browntail moth monitoring program, and Barbara Wheatland Geospatial Analysis Laboratory director Daniel Hayes, who will develop a spatially-and temporally-explicit carbon budget for the forest sector of the Northeastern states.

The organization also allocated an award to Laura Kenefic, a U.S. Forest Service research forester, so she can produce a new silvicultural guide for the northern conifer forest type with UMaine University Forests manager Keith Kanoti. 

“The Northeastern State Research Cooperative has been an important source of regional research funding for the last two decades” said Aaron Weiskittel, director of the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests, which is a member of the NSRC. “We are very excited to announce this new set of projects, which all demonstrate an effective partnership between the U.S. Forest Service, regional stakeholders and applied researchers. We look forward to continuing to build this vital regional program in the years to come.”

Read more about the NSRC’s awards online.

Contact: Marcus Wolf, 207.581.3721; marcus.wolf@maine.edu