Students and faculty of the School of Forest Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello participated in the world’s largest gathering of forestry professionals in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 5-11.
The students and their instructors attended the International Union of Forest Research Organizations’ World Congress, an event held once every five years. The Congress was last held in the United States in 1971. IUFRO partnered with the Society of American Foresters and the Canadian Institute of Forestry/l’Institut forestier du Canada to bring together over 3,500 forest scientists and managers from 85 countries, providing opportunities to exchange knowledge and network among professionals who study and manage forest resources around the globe. The Congress included more than 2,000 oral and poster presentations, five plenary talks, 19 sub-plenary talks, and numerous award presentations and receptions.
Six UAM students were able to meet leading forest scientists and other forest resources students from around the world, sit in on presentations, participate in discussions on global forest resources issues, and network with the global forest science community. Students attending the Congress included Hunter Barham of Sherwood, John Cumper of Little Rock, Bill Neighbors of Kemp, Tex., Thomas Pagels of Cullowhee, N.C., Lucian Provost of Little Rock, and Jolenia Woodral of Waldron.
Eight faculty participated in the Congress – Dean Phil Tappe, Dr. Mohammad Bataineh, Dr. Rob Ficklin, Dr. Hal Liechty, Dr. Sayeed Mehmood, Dr. Andrew Nelson, Dr. Matthew Pelkki, and Chris Stuhlinger.
Nelson co-presented – with Dr. Don Bragg of the U.S. Forest Service – a poster entitled “Long-Term Response of Natural-Origin, Even-Aged Southern Pine to Early Competition Control and Density Management in Arkansas.” Pelkki presented a poster on “Using Long-Lived Wood Product Carbon Additionality to Define Benefits in Even-Aged Forests.”