René H. Germain
SUNY College
of Environmental Science & Forestry
222 Marshall Hall, One Forestry Drive    Syracuse , NY   13210-2788
(315) 470-6698
email: rhgermai@mailbox.syr.edu

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Education:

Ph.D. in Forest Resources Management.  SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, May 1997. 

Master of Science in Business Administration.  Boston University , January 1988.  

Bachelor of Science. Major: Forestry.  University of Vermont , December 1983.  
 

Professional Experience:

Professor, 2010 – Present

Associate Professor, 2003 – 2010

Assistant Professor, August 1998 – 2003
Department of Forests and Natural Resources Management, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse, New York. 
Responsibilities:

 

 

Teaching: undergraduate and graduate courses in Principles of Management, Forestry Consulting and Wood Procurement, Integrated Resources Management; 
Research: sustainable forestry systems, wood supply issues, fragmentation/parcelization of forestland and projects associated with the model forest program, environmental dispute resolution;
Outreach: coordinate New York City Watershed Model Forest Program (see description below); 
Continuing education: develop and conduct workshops for natural resource professionals (see description below). 

 

Coordinator, Faculty of Forestry Continuing Education, December 1997 – present.
SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse , New York .
Responsibilities:

 

Provide workshops and seminars to natural resource professionals and loggers throughout the state. Priority workshops are as follows: Best Management Practices, OSHA regulations, watershed management, GIS/GPS technology, computer software for foresters, log scaling and grading.

 

Coordinator, New York City Watershed Model Forest , September 1997 – present.
New York City Watershed Forestry Program, Walton , New York .
Responsibilities:

 

Leading effort to set up 4 model forests in the NYC watershed in cooperation with NYC Department of Environmental Protection, USDA Forest Service, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and Cornell Cooperative Extension. The demonstration sites will emphasize the compatibility of a working forest and water quality. In addition to public education, the sites will be used for logger and forester training, and research.

 

New York Coordinator of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, August 1996 – August 1998.
Empire State Forest Products Association, Albany , New York
Responsibilities:

 

Coordination of American Forest & Paper Association’s national Sustainable Forestry Initiative program. Duties include: administer compliance for AF&PA member companies; support New York Logger Training; expand scope of program to include participation from the entire forestry community of the state.

 

Vice President, Resource Management, March 1987 through August 1994.
Ward Lumber Company, Inc., Jay , New York .
Responsibilities:

 

Forest Management:  implemented multiple-use management techniques on company's 4500 acres; initiated landowner assistance program as well as an easement and lease program; administered selling and buying of all company lands.
Business Administration:  Member of Executive Management Committee; conducted company financial planning and budget analysis; completed long- and short-term growth and market studies; analyzed financial statements and ratios; consulted Human Resources office on critical issues.
Mill Operations:  supplied logs to sawmill with an annual production level of 8 million board feet; managed log yard and coordinated scaling and grading of incoming logs; Assistant Operator of dry kiln.

 

Forester, August 1986 through February 1987.
Staatliches Forstamt, Heidelberg , Germany
Responsibilities:

 

Marked various timber stands for harvest. Conducted forest stand examinations. Completed follow-up measurements on long-term forest health studies. Observed German forestry practices.

 

Purchasing Administrator, November 1985 - July 1986 and June 1984 - April 1985.
U.S. Department of Defense, Heidelberg , Germany
 

Forester, Seasonal 1981 through 1985.
USDA Forest Service, Targhee, Uinta, and Beaverhead National Forests
Responsibilities:

 

Crew leader for forest inventory project. Cruised and marked timber sales. Supervised tree planting operation. Fought forest fires.

 

 

Grants and Contracts:

 Germain, R.H. 2013. Determining the Implementation Costs of Best Management Practices on Family Forests in the Northern Forest. NSRC $53,616.

 

 Germain, R.H. 2013. Measuring White Pine Log and Lumber Yields on Paired Harvests in the Adirondacks. NSRC $9,930.

 

 Crovella, P, and R.H. Germain. 2013. Building the Foundation for the Cross Laminated Timber  Construction Industry in NY State. NYSERDA $100,000.

 

 Germain, R.H., C. Nowak, S. McNulty and E. Bevilacqua. 2012. Sustaining White Pine on high quality sites. McIntire-Stennis. $88,287.

 

 Benjamin, J., S. Bick and R.H. Germain. 2012. Application of Process Improvement Techniques to Strengthen Logging Businesses in the Northern Forest Region Northeastern States Research Cooperative. $99,652.

 

 Germain, R.H. 2011. New York City Watershed Ecosystem Services. Royal Bank of Canada, Blue Water. $20,000  2011-1012.

 

 Germain, R.H. and W. Smith. 2011. New York Forest Community Economic Assistance Program Small Business Administration. $100,000  2011-2012.

 

 Malmsheimer, R. and R.H. Germain. 2011. Local Government Ordinances Effect on Traditional Forest Products and Bio-Products Supplies in New York. McIntire-Stennis $51,635  2012-2014

 

 Germain,R.H. 2009. The impact of wood procurement pressure on sustained yield management on NIPF in the Northern Forest . Northeastern States Research Cooperative. $113,607.

 

 Germain, R.H. 2008. New York City Watershed Model Forests Promoting Forest Stewardship Compatible with Water Quality, Watershed Agric. Council, August 2008 to August 2010. $117,213.

 

 Packer, M.J. and R.H. Germain. 2008. Promoting NIPF as a Future Woody Bioenergy Feedstock. Wood Education Resource Center , USFS. January 2009 – December 2010. $82,809.

 

 Germain, R.H. 2009. Measuring the Progress and Efficacy of Community Forestry Programs

in India . SUNY ESF Seed Grant. March 2009 – March 2010. $8,000.

 

 Volk, T., D. Conable and R.H. Germain. 2008. A Regional Model to Assess the Incremental Commercial Availability of Biomass Feedstocks for Biofuel and Bioproduct Investors in New York State, NYSERDA, July 2008 – June 2009. $75,703.

 

 Volk, T., R.H. Germain, V. Luzadis, M. Kelleher, T. Amidon, L. Smart, C. Beier and R. Malmsheimer. 2008. September 2008 – December 2011. Renewable Fuels Roadmap and Sustainable Biomass Feedstock Supply for New York . $110,007.

 

 Germain, R.H. and Patrick Penfield. 2008. Is there enough LEED certified wood to supply the green construction phenomena in New York? A Pilot Study, Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems, June 2008 – May 2009. $5,000. 

 

 Germain, R.H. 2006. Nitrogen immobilization by woodchip application in a northern hardwood forest. USGS. $42,206.

 

 Hassett, J., W. Stiteler, D. Parry and R. H. Germain. 2006. Technology and policy aspects of applying remote sensing to invasive species and forest management in state agencies. NASA. $496,000

 

 Yanai, R.D., R.H. Germain, S. Anagnost , W. Smith. 2005. Predicting the size of discolored of sugar maple. US Forest Service. $100,523.

 

 Germain, R.H. 2005 UUP Professional Development Award to present at Forest Science Knowledge Transfer Conference in Oregon. $300.

 

 Germain, R.H. and Bevilacqua, E. 2005. Parcelization of private forestlands in the Northern Forest and its impact on economies of scale for the region’s sawmills and loggers. Northeastern States Research Cooperative. $95,000.

 

 Germain, R.H. 2004. New York City Watershed Model Forest Program. Watershed Agricultural Council (NYC DEP). $76,000.

 

 Germain, R.H. 2004. New York City Watershed Diffusion of Innovations Study. Model Forest Program. Watershed Agricultural Council ( USDA Forest Service). $66,000.

 

 Germain, R.H. 2005 UUP Professional Development Award to present at Forest Science Knowledge Transfer Conference in Oregon. $500.

 

 Germain, R.H. 2005. Forestland Parcelization and Forest Products Industry, FNRM Research Incentive Funds, $2558.

 

 Hall, M., C. Hall. and R.H. Germain. 2004. Predicting Future Water Quality from Land Use Change Projections in the Catskill-Delaware Watersheds. NYS DEC, $222,653.

 

 Malmsheimer, R., D. Floyd, R.H. Germain, S. Pralle. 2004. A “Cradle to Grave” Evaluation of Green Mountain and White Mountain National Forest Projects and Appeals: Developing an Appeal Assessment Tool for Resource Managers. Northeast States Research Cooperative. $85,000.

 

 Germain, R.H. 2004. Evaluating the Impact of Parcelization on Non-industrial Forestlands in the NYC Watershed. McIntire-Stennis. $66,661.

 

 Germain, R.H. 2004. Stewardship and Forestry Services, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, $196,688.

 

 Germain, R.H. 2003. Developing Photo-points for New York City Watershed Model Forests. Watershed Agriculture Council. $15,000.

 

 Germain, R.H. 2002. Stewardship and Forestry Services, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, $80,000.

 

 Germain, R.H. 2002. New York City Watershed Model Forest Program. Watershed Agriculture Council. $71,560.

 

 Hall, M.H. & R.H. Germain. 2001. Forest Fragmentation Initiative: Dynamic models of land use change. Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. $31,437.

 

 Germain, R.H. 2001. Model forests as working laboratories to study and demonstrate sustainable forestry in New York City watersheds. USDA Forest Service. $6,200.

 

 Munsell, J. and R.H. Germain. 2001. Diffusion of innovation in the NYC Watershed Forestry Program. Edna Bailey Sussman Fund. $1,800.

 

 Germain, R.H. 2001. Assessing the degree of Forest Parcelization. NY Center for Forestry Research and Development. $4,000.

 

 Germain, R.H. 2002. Stewardship and Forestry Services, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, $80,000.

 Germain, R.H., R. Yanai, R. Briggs. 2000. New York City Watershed Model Forest Program: Integrating research, continuing education and extension to promote a working forest compatible with water quality. USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service. $350,000.

 Wagner, J., H. Canham, R.H. Germain, C. Davis. 2000. Analyis of Wood Chip Supply for Norbord Proposed Expansion. Watershed Agricultural Council. $22,621.

 Germain, R.H. 2000. New York City Watershed Model Forest Program. Watershed Agriculture Council. $23,000.

Germain, R.H. 2000. New York City Watershed Model Forest Program Inventory. Watershed Agriculture Council. $12,000.

 Germain, R.H. 2000. Impact of Forest Population Density on New York ’s woodsheds. New York Center for Forestry Research and Development. $10,500.

 Germain, R.H., J. Schwartz and A. White  1999. New York City Watershed Model Forest Program Best Management Practices and Signage Grant. U.S. Corps of Engineers Watershed Environmental Assessment Program. $215,000.

Germain, R.H.  1999. Coordination of Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Empire State Forest Products Association. $33,600.

 Cox, S., R.H. Germain and M. Phelps. 1999. Forest Health Plots for the NYC Model Forest Program. US Forest Service. $45,000.

Germain, R.H. 1998. Sustainable Forestry Initiative. American Forest & Paper Association. $2,500.

 Germain, R.H. 1998. Developing Model Forests in the NYC Watershed. NY Center for Forestry Research and Development. $15,383.

 Germain, R.H. 1998. ESF – Akwesasne Enhanced Aboriginal Forest Initiative. Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. $6,000. 

 Germain, R.H., J. Coufal & D. Koten 1998. Gap Analysis of Domtar’s New York Forestlands. Domtar Forest Industries. $18,000.

 Germain, R.H.  1998. Hazard Tree Management Workshops. American Pulpwood Association. $5,000.

 Germain, R.H.  1998. Coordination of Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Empire State Forest Products Association. $33,600.

 Germain, R.H.  1998. Developing Hazard Tree Workshop. American Pulpwood Association. $5,000.

 Germain, R.H. 1997. Development of New York City Watershed Demonstration Forests. Department of Environmental Protection. $32,000.

 Germain, R.H.  1997. Developing Harvest Planning Workshop. American Pulpwood Association. $5,000.

 Germain, R.H. & W. Bentley 1997. Coordination of Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Empire State Forest Products Association. $11,200.

 Bentley, W. & R.H. Germain 1997. Designing Tests of CIFOR Criteria and Indicators of Sustainable Forestry on New York Forestlands. NY Center for Forestry Research and Development. $15,383.

 Bentley, W. & R.H. Germain 1997. Support for New York Sustainable Forestry Program. NY Center for Forestry Research and Development. $15,000.

 Germain, R.H. 1996. Proposal for Sustainable Forestry Initiative Position. Empire State Forest Products Association. $44,800.
 

Professional Service:

 Member – Board of Directors – New York Forest Owners Association, 2007 – present

National SAF Continuing Education Accreditor for New York, 2007 – 2009

APHIS Science Advisory Panel for Sirex Wood Wasp, 2006 – 2007

Forest Stewardship Council Smartwood Assessment – Auditor/Peer Reviewer
Board of Directors - New York Logger Training, Inc., 1994 – present

Chair, New York Logger Training Curriculum Committee, 1995 – present

Member, Watershed Forestry Program Committee, 1998 - present

Chair, Watershed Forestry Model Forest Program, 1998 - present

Member, New York State Green Certification Advisory Committee, 1999

Member, New York State Best Management Practices Committee, 1997-2000

Chair - NYSAF 1998 Winter Meeting Program committee
Executive Committee Member - New York Society of American Foresters, 1993 – 1997
Chair – Adirondack Chapter, New York Society of American Foresters, 1992-1994.
Member – New York Sustainable Forestry Initiative State Implementation Committee, 1996 – present.                                                                                                                  Board of Directors - Empire State Forest Products Association, 1994.
Chair – Adirondack Committee, Empire State Forest Products Association, 1993-1994.

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