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NIACS and the Forest Stewards Guild worked together to offer a webinar series focused on forests and climate change adaptation. The series brought together scientists and managers to learn about and discuss emerging topics related to the effects of climate change on forest management, with a focus on forests in New England and New York.

Each session will explored the latest scientific information from someone actively researching the issue, followed by an example of a real-world management project.


Recordings of Past Webinars

Forest Carbon Management and Climate Adaptation

Featuring Paul Catanzaro, UMass Amherst; Todd Ontl, NIACS; and Steve Hagenbuch, Audubon Vermont on December 11, 2019. Presentation slides and more details

Assisted Migration

Featuring Tony D'Amato, University of Vermont, and Kevin Evans, Dartmouth College on January 16, 2020.Presentation slides and more details

Climate Change Refugia

Featuring Toni Lyn Morelli, Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center and Rebecca Quinones and Brian Hawthorne, MassWildlife on March 3, 2020. Presentation slides and more details

Warming Winters

Featuring Pam Templer, Boston University, and David McMath, Vermont Land Trust, on March 19, 2020. Presentation slides and more details

Changing Hydrology

Featuring John Campbell, US Forest Service Northern Research Station, and Erin Rodgers, Trout Unlimited New England on April 16, 2020. Presentation slides and more details

Forest Birds

Featuring Steve Matthews, Ohio State University, and Tom Lautzenheiser, Mass Audubon on May 21, 2020. Presentation slides and more details

Regeneration Issues

Featuring Kathryn Miller, National Park Service, and Chris Zimmerman, The Nature Conservancy on June 25, 2020. Presentation slides and more details

Managing Emerald Ash Borer and Climate Change

Featuring Tony D'Amato, University of Vermont, on July 22, 2010. Presentation slides and more details

Communicating for Climate Adaptation

Featuring Lisa Hayden, New England Forestry Foundation, and Eric Hansen, Ferrucci & Walicki, LLC, on August 13, 2020. Presentation slides and more details


Co-hosts and collaborators
Maria Janowiak

Maria Janowiak is deputy director of the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, led by the USDA Forest Service. Her biggest project is to coordinate the Climate Change Response Framework activities in New England and northern New York, an area that includes more than 40 million acres of forest stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the peaks of the Appalachians. She has also assisted in expanding adaptation work to new topics, including agriculture and carbon management. Maria has more than ten years of experience in helping natural resource professionals understand and adapt to climate change, with particular emphasis on the northern forests ecosystems. She has led multiple ecoregional vulnerability assessments, created decision-support tools, taught courses, and provided direct outreach to thousands of people.


Amanda Mahaffey is deputy director of the Forest Stewards Guild. This role builds on seven years serving as the Forest Stewards Guild’s Northeast Region Director. From her base in Maine, Amanda supports the national Women Owning Woodlands network, expands the Foresters for the Birds program begun in Vermont, organizes learning events for the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange, grows New England’s forest climate adaptation community of practice, and supports Guild members in advancing ecological forestry. Amanda is a licensed forester and holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Southern Maine. She has been an active member of the Forest Stewards Guild and the Society of American Foresters since her student days, and is passionate about supporting succeeding generations of forest stewards.

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