North American forests are ecologically and socially diverse, encompassing a variety of ecological zones, vegetation communities, disturbance regimes, ownership types, management strategies, cultural values, and industrial uses. Looking beneath the forest canopy, this session will focus on forest change across North America, including the overlapping social and ecological drivers of change, the distinct relationships between people and trees that constitute forests, and the challenges and conflicts that occur as forests are managed, exploited, and fostered for particular purposes. In the spirit of critical physical geography, we aim to bring together presenters from the natural and social sciences to facilitate productive, interdisciplinary conversations about North American forest change.
|Presenter||Jeffrey Jenkins*, University of California - Merced, Management misalignments: environmental change, regulatory mandates, and divergent expectations in forest landscapes||20||8:00 AM|
|Presenter||Anne Short Gianotti*, Boston University, John P Casellas Connors, Texas A&M, Constituting Suburban Nature: The Ecologies and Politics of Forests, Deer, and People||20||8:20 AM|
|Presenter||Justine Law*, Sonoma State University, Ginseng decline in Appalachia? Bridging the science, history, and politics||20||8:40 AM|
|Presenter||Tony Marks-Block*, Stanford University, Indigenous burning in Northwest California: Transforming forests and livelihoods||20||9:00 AM|
|Presenter||Jonathan Hallemeier*, , Collaboration and shaping forest systems in the southern Appalachians||20||9:20 AM|
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