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Pinelands Science Forum: Forests and Climate Change


Pinelands Preservation Alliance is pleased to announce the second in its series of Pinelands Science Forums.  Forest and Climate Change dives deeper into one aspect of climate change – the crucial role of forests and the nuances of forestry practices. Forests are critical to carbon absorption, but are often heavily manipulated. Scientists and advocates will share their research on the benefits of tree planting, the tools available for identifying locations, and forestry pros and cons.

Our first forum, Climate Change, brought together scientists to share information about climate change impacts we are already experiencing, what we may see in the future, and how we can make changes to mitigate and adapt.  The Pinelands’ unique flora, fauna, chemistry, and topography require special consideration as we work to prevent future changes and adapt to the changes already happening.

The daylong forum will take place in our renovated, two-story barn. The barn is handicap accessible with an elevator to the second floor. Conference includes light breakfast and lunch and a short tour of PPA’s Rancocas Creek Farm where we are practicing what we preach regarding carbon sequestration and chemical free practices. Presentations will be recorded and shared publicly.


Register by May 20th for the early bird fee of $35 per person. After May 20th the cost to attend is $45 per person. Registration is closed as of June 3, 2024.

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Pinelands Science Forum: Forests & Climate Change Part 2

Date: Thursday, June 13, 2024
Location: Pinelands Preservation Alliance, 17 Pemberton Rd, Southampton NJ 08088

Speakers represent regulatory agencies, academia, and non-profits.   A light breakfast and lunch will be provided for all in attendance. 

Thursday, June 13th Agenda

8:30 – 9:15 AM – Light breakfast

9:30 AM – Welcome by Pinelands Preservation Alliance

9:45 AM – Susan Cook Patton, Senior Forest Restoration Scientist for The Nature Conservancy: Reforestation Hub – Publicly Available Tool for Identifying Reforestation Opportunities throughout the United States

Patricia Leopold, Climate Adaptation Specialist, US Department of AgricultureForest Carbon Stewardship: Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation

11:10 AM – Karina VR Schäfer, PhD, Ecosystem Ecologist, Rutgers University: Refining Carbon Budgets: What does that mean in the Pinelands?

11:45 – 1:30 PM – Lunch and Tour of Rancocas Creek Farm.

1:30 PM –  Pinelands Preservation Alliance New Science Director – Pinelands Forest and Forestry Research for the Future

2:15 PM – Emile DeVito, Ph.D., Manager of Science and Stewardship, NJ Conservation FoundationNew Jersey’s Forest Task Force Report

Leslie Sauer, a founder emeritus of Andropogon Associates and author of The Once and Future Forests – Managing Our Forest Landscapes

3:30 PM – Closing comments

Questions? Contact Jaclyn Rhoads, Assistant Executive Director at jaclyn@pinelandsalliance.org or 609-859-8860 x 118.

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