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Black Ash Symposium:
Sharing Traditional and Scientific Knowledge
November 5, 2014
The University of Maine will be hosting a black ash symposium November 5th, 2014. The unifying theme of the symposium will focus on the biology and ecology of black ash throughout North America. We will be bringing together researchers, state and national agencies, students, and tribal members to update our knowledge on a rare and rarely studied species whose populations are threatened by the emerald ash borer. By highlighting what we know, we will be able to clarify what important knowledge is needed to manage and sustain black ash in the landscape.
The symposium will be held at the Buchanan Alumni House on the University of Maine campus.
If you are interested in attending the symposium, please register online by October 29th, 2014.
Maine SAF Responds to Proposed Threatened and Endangered Species Listing
In mid-August 2104, Maine SAF responded to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife regarding the proposed listing of two bat species on Maine's Threatened and Endangered Species List. Attached to the letter were two national SAF policy statements on the subjects of "Protecting Endangered Species Habitat on Private Land" and "Biological Diversity in Forest Ecosystems." The letter sent by New England SAF, Allegheny SAF and New York SAF to the US Fish & Wildlife Service is below as well.
Please click on the links to review the documents. A few paper copies will be available at the registration table at our Fall Meeting on October 14, 2014.
Streamlining Forester Licensing Requirements
Earlier this year, on January 25th, the Board of Licensed Foresters (board) and the Maine Forest Service (MFS) submitted a report to the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry (ACF) summarizing their joint findings and recommendations as directed by Resolve 2011, Chapter 130 to examine forester licensing requirements, with the purpose of streamlining. The Resolve directed that the board and MFS develop recommendations that:
1. Simplify the education, testing, and experience requirements for obtaining a license as a forester; and
2. Allow a person who meets specified experience levels and demonstrates knowledge of forestry law to be exempt from the education requirements of Title 32, section 5514, subsection2.
As of this date, ACF has not taken any action on the report recommendations. A copy of the report is available from below.
Division Manager, Laura Audibert, -