Although we had hoped to run a physical conference in Autumn, due to uncertainty around COVID-19 restrictions we have decided to hold our National Conference 2021 (NC21) entirely online on Thursday 30 September.
NC21 will focus on the fundamentals of successful and sustainable woodland creation, exploring how these challenges have been met overseas with a line-up of international forestry experts. It is critical that the ‘right tree, right place’ approach is understood and applied to a high standard across the sector and the conference will concentrate on ensuring our members are both equipped and empowered to deliver effectively on the government’s UK-wide tree planting aspirations.
A physical National Conference is planned for April 2022 and will continue with the same theme but from a UK perspective.
Please note that the programme is in development.
Professor Linda Nagel – Professor of Silviculture and Department Head, Colorado State University
Linda is Professor of Silviculture and Department Head of the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. From 2013-2015 she was Professor of Silviculture in the Department of Forest Resources, and Director of Operations of the Cloquet Forestry Center and the Hubachek Wilderness Research Center at the University of Minnesota. From 2000-2013 she was a silviculture professor at Michigan Technological University where she directed and taught a semester-long field practicum for undergraduate and graduate students. She has degrees from South Dakota State University (BS, Biology), Washington State University (MS, Natural Resource Sciences), and the University of Montana (PhD, Forestry). Throughout her career, Linda has directed, taught, and facilitated numerous professional training courses and workshops, including the National Advanced Silviculture Program for the United States Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Bureau of Land Management. Her research focuses on developing adaptive silvicultural strategies for multiple objectives, fostering adaptive ecosystems to a changing climate, and forest restoration. She currently serves as the national lead for the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change Network.
Jürgen Bauhus – Professor of Silviculture, Freiburg University
Jürgen is Professor of Silviculture at the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources at Freiburg University, Germany, since 2003. From 1996 to 2003 he worked at the Australian National University. His research focusses on dynamics and management of structure and composition of forests, the ecological function of biodiversity, carbon and nutrient cycles, as well as the adaptation of forests to global change. He published several books and more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. For many years he has also been involved in policy advice, currently as chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Board on Forest Policy at the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. For his scientific accomplishments he received the scientific achievement award of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) in 2014.
Professor Peter Freer-Smith – Department of Plant Sciences, University of California Davis & Research Fellow, Forest Research
Peter works at the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of California Davis and is a research fellow at Forest Research UK. He is cochair of the IUFRO Task Force “Resilient planted forests serving society and the bio economy” and a member of the California Board of Forestry & Fire Protection, Effectiveness Monitoring Committee. Peter is the President Elect of the Davis Botanical Society (2021). He has worked on forest sustainability, the benefits of urban greenspace and the role of forests in climate mitigation. He was the Forestry Commission’s Chief Scientific Adviser from 2010 to 2017 and works closely with the European Forestry Institute, IUFRO and the New Generation Plantations initiative.
Gert-Jan Nabuurs – Professor of European Forest Resources, Wageningen University and Research
Gert-Jan is Professor of European Forest Resources at Wageningen University and Research, WUR. His background is in European scale forest resource analyses, and management under climate change. His work has both scientific aspects as well as outreach to the forest sector. He started the work with the EFISCEN model, the European forest resource, forest management and carbon balance model. Applications are in wood availability, effects of forest management, climate change impacts and CO2 sequestration. Further he is Coordinating Lead Author of the Agriculture and Forestry chapter in the IPCC 6AR. He was Assistant Director of the European Forest Institute in Finland from 2009-2012. He launched the climate smart forestry idea at COP21 in Paris. He leads the Dutch forest climate pilots under the Climate Accord, a 1.5 M€/y program with ~20 partners from Dutch sector. Recently the climate smart forestry network for the EU was launched.
Kasten Dumroese – Research Plant Physiologist / National Nursery Specialist, U.S. Forest Service
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