Forestry and conservation professionals help ensure that forests remain healthy to provide numerous benefits to woodland owners and local communities—wildlife habitat, clean water, wood products, and recreation. Extreme weather and changes in the climate are increasing stress on forests and creating challenges for forest ecosystems and habitats. This session explored how forest management can be used to improve forest bird habitat and meet other woodland owner goals, while also helping forests adapt to changing conditions. The program also provided initial training in the Foresters for the Birds program and covered key concepts how to include bird habitat and climate considerations in your forest management planning and projects.
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.
Jeff Ritterson is a Field Ornithologist at Mass Audubon, where he focuses on working landscapes and the habitat management of forest birds, including the coordination of Mass Audubon’s Foresters for the Birds program. Before coming to Mass Audubon, Jeff specialized in tropical ecology and the conservation of resident and migratory birds. This work has allowed Jeff to spend over three years among the forests and wildlife of Ecuador, Panama, and Costa Rica. He also worked in southern California for several years, and has driven cross-country three times.
Made possible by a grant from USDA Forest Service, this training is sponsored by New England Forestry Foundation, MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership, American Forest Foundation, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and The Last Green Valley.