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Ecology & Management of Landscapes

Programs include:

Forest Stewardship and Management – Peter Smallidge, Stephen Childs, Michael Farrell, and others
This program addresses the sustainable management, production, and stewardship of private, nonindustrial rural forestlands and sugar bushes. These lands account for 85% of forestland in New York and approximately half of land area in the state. With half of the mature timber and essentially all sugar bushes located on private lands, these properties are pivotal for economic production and for the consequences of mismanagement. The primary audiences are property owners, and secondary audiences are foresters, loggers, and youth. Program development and delivery for woodlot owners and maple producers have involved several strategies, including multi-county workshops, satellite broadcasts, a peer-counseling program, field tours and demonstration areas, applied research, web pages, and numerous written materials. As a result of these efforts, several thousand owners have People in forestbeen directly and indirectly reached, and typically 40 to 60% of active participants, such as workshop attendees, have indicated their intention to modify behaviors to use more sustainable and productive approaches.

  • ForestConnect
    ​Connecting forest users to the knowledge and resources needed to ensure sustainable production and ecological function on private forest lands.
  • Sugar Maple Research and Extension Program
    The Cornell Sugar Maple Program exists to improve the production and use of maple products by working with producers, consumers, and others interested in this fascinating local product.
  • Master Forest Owner Volunteer Program (MFO)
    This program provides private forest owners of New York State with the information and encouragement necessary to manage their forest holdings wisely.
  • Master Naturalists
    This high-quality, science-based training program is designed to teach adults about New York’s natural resources, empowering them to educate others and participate in on-the-ground conservation management projects.

Conservation Education and Research Program – Stephen Morreale and Kristi Sullivan
Engaging private landowners, land managers, and others in actively conserving, managing, and enhancing our natural biological communities. Our goal is to teach sound, research-based conservation, management, and restoration techniques to others so that they can make prudent decisions on their own lands or lands in their communities.

Ecoagriculture Working Group – Louise Buck and other faculty
The Cornell Ecoagriculture Working Group (CEWG) is a forum where the Cornell community can interact to help advance knowledge and understanding about the collaborative and integrated management of landscapes. The EWG has roots in the Department of Natural Resources and collaborates closely with Ecoagriculture Partners

Sustainable Water Resources  – Rebecca Schneider, and other faculty.
This program focuses on integrated, watershed-based, and sustainable water resource management in the face of climate change. Her research, extension, and teaching all revolve around different facets of this topic. Currently, her primary research program is focused on how networks of roadside ditches that criss-cross watersheds contribute to flooding, droughts, and degraded water quality in downstream waters.

Ecology & Management of Invasive Plants – Bernd Blossey, Carrie Brown-Lima, and others
Invasive species are the second largest threat to biodiversity after habitat loss. The increasing concerns over negative effects of invasive plant species has dramatically increased the demand for safe and successful management (not only biocontrol). The Biological Control of Non-Indigenous Plant Species Program, established by CALS in 1995, has 4 main objectives: (1) Document the impact of invasive plants on native organisms; (2) Develop biological control programs using host specific natural enemies (mostly insects) from the native range of an invasive plant; (3) monitor the effectiveness and long-term impact of the release of biocontrol organisms on native plant and animal communities; and (4) investigate factors determining the success of invasive species. Current projects target invasive plant species in wetlands (purple loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria; and common reed, Phragmites australis), riparian areas (Japanese knotweed, Fallopia japonica), and forests (garlic mustard, Alliaria petiolata).

Forest Health and Invasive non-native Forest Pests – Mark Whitmore and others
Through this program Extension Association work with professional land managers, state and federal agencies, government officials, and concerned citizens to understand the issues and strategies for minimizing the impact of forest insect pests, and in particular non-native invasive insects.Initiate extension projects and provide leadership on issues relating to forest health and invasive forest pest issues in New York State. Research and implement biological control strategies for forest insect pests.

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