HILLSBOROUGH, N.J. — Dr. Jerry F. Franklin, one of the country’s leading authorities on sustainable forest management, will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural Charles Newlon Forestry Forum. State and local leaders, forest land owners and managers and conservationists are invited to join the Good Stewards Coalition on Oct. 20 at Duke Farms in Hillsborough. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Seating is limited and tickets for the dinner program must be purchased in advance. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online at www.njforests.org. Tickets will not be available at the door.
“We are looking forward to hearing Dr. Franklin’s presentation of The Promise of Ecological Forest Management and the False Dichotomy of ‘Preserves or Plantations,’” Steve Kallesser, chair of the NJ Division of the Allegheny Society of American Foresters said. “He is a true expert in the field of forestry, and his insight will be helpful as we consider the appropriate stewardship of New Jersey forest land resources, and how we can best manage them.”
Dr. Franklin, often called the “father of new forestry,” has a wide-ranging background in forest management, has written over 300 scientific articles and books and has served on many local, national and global commissions dedicated to the analyses of forest issues. He champions forest management practices that promote clean water, diverse and abundant wildlife, aesthetics, quality recreational opportunities, clean air, improved property values, energy conservation and a sustainable wood supply. Dr. Franklin will present ecologically-based alternatives for forest management.
The Charles Newlon Forestry Forum was established by the Good Stewards Coalition to educate and inspire the leaders, staff and members of the non-profit organizations that make up the New Jersey-based coalition. The sponsors plan to hold the event annually.
— Allegheny Society of American Foresters, New Jersey Division