Laura Kenefic – Research

As Lead Scientist for the U.S. Forest Service at the Penobscot Experimental Forest, I direct multiple long-term research projects on even- and uneven-aged silviculture of northern forests, including northern conifers (spruce-fir-hemlock), northern hardwoods (maple-beech-birch) and mixed woods.

My research portfolio includes studies of northern white-cedar, outcomes of exploitative harvesting, rehabilitation of degraded stands, and effects of silvicultural treatments on commodity and non-commodity objectives. All of these projects support sustainable forest management.

My findings can be summed up in two words: Silviculture Matters. The forest management decisions we make today determine the forests of the future.