Recent Events

Landscape Dynamics Assessment Tool (LanDAT) Workshop

LanDAT.pngThe Landscape Dynamics Assessment Tool (LanDAT) can help natural resource conservation practitioners monitor and assess impacts on changing landscapes and the ecological services and benefits they provide to people. With funding support from the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Eastern Threat Center scientists Lars Pomara, Bjorn Brooks, and Danny Lee are developing LanDAT based on an annually-updated set of spatial data products used to visualize broad patterns in vegetation change at large scales. An interactive workshop on June 21, in Asheville, NC, will provide an opportunity for natural resource managers, planners, spatial data analysts, and others to tour LanDAT and learn how it can be applied locally and regionally through presentations, discussions, and hands-on activities. Partners from the University of North Carolina Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center will be on hand to assist with workshop facilitation. For more information, please contact Lars Pomara at lazarusypomara@fs.fed.us or 828-257-4357.

North American Invasive Species Forum

NAISF.jpgThe North American Invasive Species Forum, a biennial conference encompassing the interests of professionals and organizations involved in invasive species management, research, and regulation in North America, will be held May 9-11 in Savannah, GA. Visit the forum website for more information.

Landscape Dynamics Assessment Tool (LanDAT) Workshop

LanDAT.pngThe Landscape Dynamics Assessment Tool (LanDAT) can help natural resource conservation practitioners monitor and assess impacts on changing landscapes and the ecological services and benefits they provide to people. With funding support from the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Eastern Threat Center scientists Lars Pomara, Bjorn Brooks, and Danny Lee are developing LanDAT based on an annually-updated set of spatial data products used to visualize broad patterns in vegetation change at large scales. An interactive workshop on May 16, in Asheville, NC, will provide an opportunity for natural resource managers, planners, spatial data analysts, and others to tour LanDAT and learn how it can be applied locally and regionally through presentations, discussions, and hands-on activities. Partners from the University of North Carolina Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center will be on hand to assist with workshop facilitation. For more information, please contact Lars Pomara at lazarusypomara@fs.fed.us or 828-257-4357.

Webinar: Weather Variability and its Impacts on Forest Health

SREF_forest_health.jpgSteve McNulty and Jennifer Moore Myers from the Eastern Threat Center-hosted USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub and David Coyle from Southern Regional Extension Forestry and the University of Georgia will present "Weather Variability and its Impacts on Forest Health" on May 15 at 1:00 ET. This webinar will discuss short- and long-term impacts of droughts, floods, winds, and ice on insect and fungal populations and damage in southern forests. Visit the Webinar Portal for Forestry and Natural Resources for details.

National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop

Cohesive_Strategy_logo.pngThe International Association of Wildland Fire, in partnership with the Wildland Fire Leadership Council and the Western, Southeast, and Northeast Regional Strategic Committees, is presenting the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop. Themed "All Hands, All Lands: Implementation Rooted in Science," the workshop will be held in Reno, NV, April 25-27. Visit the workshop website for more information.

Webinar: Climate Considerations When Developing Updated Seed Zones

Eastern_Seed_Zone_Forum.pngEastern Seed Zone Forum webinars provide information about the creation of seed zones and an opportunity for professionals, experts, and interested parties to discuss the possibility of drafting seed zone guidelines for the eastern United States. Aurelia Baca, Climate Specialist with the Eastern Threat Center-hosted USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub, will present "Climate Considerations When Developing Updated Seed Zones" on April 26 at 11:00 ET as part of this webinar series. Visit the Webinar Portal for Forestry and Natural Resources for details.

US-IALE 2017 Annual Meeting

U.S. Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape EcologyU.S. Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape EcologyThe 2017 annual meeting of the US-International Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE) will be held in Baltimore, MD, April 9-13. The meeting theme is "People, Places, Patterns: Linking Landscape Heterogeneity and Socio-Environmental Systems." Visit the meeting website for more information.

Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) conference

MANRRS logoThe 32nd annual Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) conference will be held in Pittsburgh, PA, March 29-April 1. Visit the MANRRS website for more information.

RPA Assessment Webinar: U.S. Forest Fragmentation and Land Cover Patterns

Cover of 2010 RPA Assessment updateForest fragmentation continues even as total forestland area remains relatively stable. The Update to the 2010 Resources Planning Act (RPA) Assessment reported that forest cover fragmentation increased from 2001 to 2011, with fragmentation rates higher on private land than on public land. Eastern Threat Center research ecologist Kurt Riitters will present a webinar on March 28 at 1:00 ET to describe how the RPA Assessment treatment of forest spatial patterns has evolved, summarize key results related to forest spatial patterns, and discuss future directions in evaluating fragmentation and land cover patterns. Join the webinar through Adobe Connect. For audio, dial 1-888-844-9904 and enter participant code 4167967#.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Science Colloquium

GSMNP.jpgThe 2017 Great Smoky Mountains National Park Science Colloquium will be held March 23 at The Glenstone Lodge in Gatlinburg, TN. The colloquium is open to the public and will feature more than a dozen presentations. For more information, contact Science Coordinator Paul Super at paul_super@nps.gov or (828) 926-6251.


Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) Annual Conference

Water Resources Research Institute logoFor 19 years, the WRRI Annual Conference has been the premier conference highlighting diverse topics in water research, management and policy in North Carolina. The 2017 conference, to be held in Raleigh, NC, March 15-16, will bring an international perspective through the Nile Project that will relate to problem solving and collaboration in the state. Visit the conference website for details.

Update to the 2010 Resources Planning Act (RPA) Assessment Overview Webinar

Cover of 2010 RPA Assessment updateThe Future of America's Forests and Rangelands: Update to the Forest Service 2010 Resources Planning Act Assessment builds upon the 2010 RPA Assessment to provide more recent information and new analyses about resource conditions and trends on the Nation's forests and rangelands. A one-hour webinar beginning at 1:00 ET on February 9 will provide an overview of the highlights. Join the webinar via Adobe Connect, and access audio by dialing 1-888-844-9904 and entering participant code 4167967#.


Future webinars on individual resource areas will be offered. Please contact cbodea@fs.fed.us to receive invitations.

Update to the 2010 Resources Planning Act (RPA) Assessment Overview Webinar

Cover of 2010 RPA Assessment updateThe Future of America's Forests and Rangelands: Update to the Forest Service 2010 Resources Planning Act Assessment builds upon the 2010 RPA Assessment to provide more recent information and new analyses about resource conditions and trends on the Nation's forests and rangelands. A one-hour webinar beginning at 1:00 ET on February 7 will provide an overview of the highlights. Join the webinar via Adobe Connect, and access audio by dialing 1-888-844-9904 and entering participant code 4167967#.

Future webinars on individual resource areas will be offered. Please contact cbodea@fs.fed.us to receive invitations.

USDA Interagency Research Forum on Invasive Species

USDA_color.jpgThe 28th USDA Interagency Research Forum on Invasive Species will be held in Annapolis, MD, January 10-17. Read the announcement, and visit the forum website for more information.

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

copy_of_AGU2016.jpgThe American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world, will be held in San Francisco, CA, December 12-16. Visit the meeting website for details.

Webinar: Research Contributions to Forest Health Monitoring

USDA Forest Service shieldEastern Threat Center research ecologists Kurt Riitters and Frank Koch will present "Research Contributions to Forest Health Monitoring" during a webinar on November 30 at 11:00 ET. They will present information on research inputs to the National Forest Health Monitoring Program, and will depict past and present research involvement as well as their view on potential future direction. Join the webinar through Live Meeting (meeting ID: SNCDT7, attendee entry code: c\FP8P\Zq).

Society of American Foresters National Convention

SAF2016.jpgThe 2016 Society of American Foresters National Convention, to be held November 2-6 in Madison, WI, will explore the rich history of forestry, land stewardship, and the connections that unite all who create, manage, use, and conserve forests and associated resources to meet desired goals, needs, and values. Visit the convention website for more information.

IUFRO Regional Congress for Asia and Oceania

IUFROAO_2016.jpgThe International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Regional Congress for Asia and Oceania 2016 aims at reaching a common understanding about the status and trends of forests and the consequent research needs towards sustainable forestry development under such changes. It also aims at generating research synergies for well-informed policy and decision making to meet the forest governance and management demands in the transition period. The congress will take place October 24-27 in Beijing, China. Visit the congress website for more information.

The Wildlife Society Annual Conference

TWS2016.jpgThe Wildlife Society’s 23rd Annual Conference will be held October 15-19 in Raleigh, NC. Visit the conference website for details.

International Congress of Entomology

ICE2016.jpgThe XXV International Congress of Entomology (ICE 2016) themed "Entomology without Borders," is expected to bring together the largest delegation of scientists and experts in the history of the discipline. ICE 2016 will be held September 25-30 in Orlando, FL. Visit the ICE 2016 website for details.

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