Student Focus - Chuck Ravis
Maine is blessed with a number of natural resources that define its “quality of place,” one of the most important being its forested landscape. The pressures exerted on Maine’s forests in recent decades have many questioning the sustainability of this natural resource and its ability to not only continue providing for the present generation, but to provide for those generations yet to come. Sustainable forestry addresses this concern for continued viability and is an important policy goal in the State of Maine. Forest certification programs are one of the primary means toward achieving this goal and have been in place since the 1990s.
My research is directed toward exploring participation in forest certification programs and informing whether they have achieved their primary objectives regarding economic sustainability, environmental sustainability, and social well-being. Perspectives gathered from the various stakeholders in the certification process will provide not only an understanding of achievements to-date, but also insights as to the direction of forest certification in Maine for the future.
My interests have always centered on the outdoors and in my free time I keep busy with hunting, fishing, canoeing, hiking and camping in the Maine woods and places beyond. One of my most enjoyable pursuits is climbing mountains here and in the Western U.S. While enjoying summer trips, I’ve also been challenged by numerous winter climbs on Mt. Washington and Mt. Katahdin.