2012 IUFRO 3.08.00 – Small-scale Forestry Conference

24-Sept-12, Monday through 27-Sept-12, Thursday

sponsored by the Family Forest Research Center
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, but 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 will focus 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 are being 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 are particularly interested in work that illustrates how problems facing forests today can be addressed through small-scale forestry efforts.

Pre-conference Workshop – Agenda

Conference Program

Post-conference Tour