BOONTON, N.J. — This coming Thursday, April 29th, the NJ Highlands Coalition will feature Dr Joan Maloof in a live conversation Beyond Timber: The Future of New Jersey’s Forests to discuss new paradigms for forestry in our state. This presentation is very timely since the NJ Legislature is currently considering a suite of Bills concerning forest stewardship. In their current drafts these Bills do not address any of the documented threats to New Jersey’s forests – overabundant deer, non-native species proliferation, increasing severe storm events and fragmentation. You can find our Open Letter to Legislators opposing these Bills here.
In our conversation with Joan we will learn about emerging forest science as it relates to carbon sequestration and other climate resiliency factors, and enhancing the myriad ecosystem services intact forests provide us – not least clean drinking water! Please register using the link below to receive instructions to join the webinar, and we look forward to sharing this program with you.
Forest expert and renowned author Joan Maloof will explore how different forest management strategies affect forest ecosystems and can enhance climate change resiliency. In particular we will discuss the importance of protecting our state’s maturing forests and the value of old-growth forests to the New Jersey Highlands.
Joan is a scientist, a writer, and the Founder and Director of the Old-Growth Forest Network. She studied Plant Science at the University of Delaware (BS), Environmental Science at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (MS), and Ecology at the University of Maryland College Park (PhD). As an author, her book, Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest, won an Honorable Mention from the Association for the Study of
Literature and the Environment. Her second book, Among the Ancients: Adventures in the Eastern Old-Growth Forests, was an Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist, and Joan’s essay, “Rachel Carson’s Daughter” won the Senior Prize in a 2012 international essay competition that had entries from nineteen countries.
–Zachary Cole, NJ Highlands Coalition