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Center programs continued to be successful in a variety of key areas. The Commercial Forests Research Program, headed by Drs. Bob Wagner and Brian Roth, led several stakeholder-driven research projects for 35 member organizations through the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit (CFRU). A particularly important CFRU project development this past year was the initiation of the Maine's Adaptive Silviculture Experimental Network (MASEN), which will include several operational-scale installations across the state to evaluate alternative mid-rotation management strategies. Dr. Rob Lilieholm retired from the university in May 2016, but continued to promote and support the Maine Futures Community Mapper tool for the Conservation Lands Research Program. In the Family Forests Research Program, Dr. Jessica Leahy continued to work closely with the Small Woodland Owner Association of Maine (SWOAM) to assist family forest owners on a number of key issues. Dr. Sandra De Urioste-Stone led a statewide effort to better understand visitor preferences at key locations (Bar Harbor, Millinocket, and Bethel) and evaluated the role of weather patterns on their spending.

Dr. Shawn Fraver and research associates John Lee and Holly Hughes continue making automated greenhouse gas, eddy covariance (flux), and numerous other atmospheric measurements at Howland Forest, which is part of the national Ameriflux Network and one of the longest running sites in the network. Dr. Arun Bose continued to coordinate several research projects associated with the National Science Foundation’s Center for Advanced Forestry Systems (CAFS) as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow with particular focus on addressing the influence of American beech on forest structure and composition.


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