Forestry Students at the State Capital

Last March, SFR showcased the significance of forestry education and research in the State of Maine. Held in the historic Hall of Flags at the State House in Augusta, students and faculty demonstrated to Maine state legislators and the Governor the values that forests provide. During breaks in the legislative sessions, students and staff were able to meet one-on-one with Maine policymakers to discuss forestry and its role as part of the state’s character and economy.

Graduate student Kasey Legaard discussed the capabilities of using remote sensing techniques to detect forest cover change, and Spencer Perry stressed to lawmakers the technologies behind developing wood composites and green building materials. Undergraduate student Christine Paluga addressed the values that recreation and tourism have for the state, and Matt Russell represented the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit to emphasize the importance of working with landowners for forest research. The display and discussions left an impression on legislators that the future leaders and outstanding forestry education and research programs come from one place in the state: UMaine’s School of Forest Resources.