THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF FOREST RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS
IUFRO is “the” global network for forest science cooperation. It unites more than 15,000 scientists in almost 700 Member Organizations in over 110 countries, and is a member of ICSU. Scientists cooperate in IUFRO on a voluntary basis.
The purpose of the IUFRO Unit 3.08.00 “Small-Scale Forestry” is to exchange information on research problems, ongoing research efforts and research results related to the management of small-scale non-industrial private forest woodlots.
2012 Small-scale Conference
In 2012 the Family Forest Research Center sponsored the IUFRO 3.08.00 – Small-scale Forestry Conference on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
From Science to Solutions: Solving Small-scale Forestry Issues
From urbanization to wildfires to global climate change, the world is facing unprecedented challenges to the sustainable stewardship of its forested resources. Now, more than ever, society needs solutions that can help mitigate and avoid the threats facing forests. In many parts of the world, extensive forested landscapes have been divided up into numerous small ownerships. Forest ecosystem pattern and function occur at broader scales, and this small-scale ownership phenomenon introduces unique constraints and considerations for conservation and management. Most, if not all, of the challenges have a human component and people, especially those who own or manage the resource, will need to be part of the solution. This conference focused on the special issues facing small-scale forests around the world and the solutions to these problems that can benefit landowners, society, and the natural environment.
Papers were sought to address all aspects of small-scale forestry including, but not limited to:
- Agroforestry & nontimber forest products
- Changing demographics & land tenure
- Community forestry
- Cross-boundary cooperation
- Education & communications
- Forest management
- Forest markets
- Forest policy & economics
- Landowner attitudes, practices & perceptions
- Landscape change, urbanization & parcellation
We were particularly interested in work that illustrates how problems facing forests today can be addressed through small-scale forestry efforts.