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Rene Germain

Rene  Germain


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316 Bray Hall


Highest Education

Ph.D., SUNY-ESF (Forest Management and Policy), 1997.

Areas of Study

Forest management and operations; sustained yield management on non-industrial private forestlands; supply chain management in forest products industry; logging costs and logger viability; logging innovations; impact of forestland parcelization on working forests and water quality; impact of land use changes on the forest products industry; diffusion of innovation to foresters, loggers and landowners; adoption and costs of BMPs; sustainable forestry systems

Selected Publications

Refereed Publications:

Weyrens*, J. O. Therasme, and R.H. Germain. 2022. Quatifying the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of a mechanized shelterwood harvest producing both sawtimber and woodchips. Forests, 13, 70.

Weyrens*, J. and R.H. Germain. 2021. Assessing the economic viability of the mechanized removal of understory beech during a shelterwood harvest. Forest Science, fxab055,

Jayasuriya*, M., J. Stella and R.H. Germain. 2021. Can understory plant composition and richness help designate riparian management zones in mesic headwater forests of the Northeastern United States?, Journal of Forestry, Volume 119, Issue 6, November 2021, Pages 574–588,

Gallagher*, M.E.,  S.L. Farrell, R.H. Germain and V.G. Rojas. 2021. Summer Bat Habitat Use and Forest Characteristics in Managed Northeastern Forests. Journal of Forestry, 119(3): 305 – 318.

Paye*, E. and R.H. Germain. 2020. The Formative Evaluation of a Forestry Best Management Practices Program in a Municipal Watershed. Forestry Chronicle, 96(1): 61-70.

Kyaw, T. R.H. Germain, S. Stehman and L. Quackenbush. 2020. "Quantifying forest loss and forest degradation in Myanmar's "Home of Teak. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 50(2): 89-101,

Jaysuriya, M. R.H Germain and J. Wagner. 2020. Protecting timberland RMZs through carbon markets: A protocol for riparian carbon offsets. Forest Policy and Economics, 111: 1-12,

Germain, R.H., J. Regula, S. Bick and L. Zhang. 2019. Factors Influencing Logging Costs for Loggers Operating Tree-Length Harvest Systems in the Northeast. The Forestry Chronicle, 95(01): 16-23,

Jaysuriya, M. R.H Germain and E. Bevilacqua. 2019. Stumpage Opportunity Cost of Riparian Management Zones on Headwater Streams in Northern Hardwood Timberlands. Forest Science, 65(1): 108-116.

Regula, J. R.H. Germain, S. Bick and L. Zhang. 2018. Assessing the economic viability of loggers operating tree-length harvest systems in the Northeast. Journal of Forestry, 116(4):347–356.

Germain, R.H., C. Ghosh, M. Jayasariya 2018. Community Forestry in the State of Uttarakhand, India: Not Meeting the Needs of the Villagers. Small Scale Forestry, 17(2), 225-242 DOI: 1007/s11842-017-9384-z.

Kelly, M. R.H. Germain and S. Bick. 2017. Impacts of forestry Best Management Practices on logging costs and productivity in the Northeast U.S.A. Journal of Forestry, 115(6): 503-512.

Germain, R.H., S. Bick, M. Kelley, J. Benjamin and W. Farrand. 2016. A Case Study of Three High-Performing Contract Loggers with Distinct Harvest Systems: Are they thriving, striving or just surviving? Forest Products Journal. 66(1/2): 97-105.

Germain, R.H., C. Nowak and J. Wagner. 2016. The tree that built America – Not making the grade. Journal of Forestry 114(5): 552-561.

Maker, N. R.H. Germain, and N. Anderson 2014. All in the Family:  A Case Study of Sustained Yield Management on Vermont Family Forests. Journal of Forestry 112(4): 371-380.

VanBrakle, J., R.H. Germain, J. Munsell and S. Stehman. 2013. “Do Forest Management Plans Increase BMP Implementation on Family Forests?  A Formative Evaluation in the NYC Watershed. Journal of Forestry, 111(2):108-114.

Anderson, N., R.H. Germain and M. Hall. 2012. An assessment of forest cover and impervious surface area on family forests in the New York City Watershed. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry. 29(2): 67-73.

Anderson, N., R.H. Germain and E. Bevilacqua. 2011.GIS-based spatial analysis of sawmill wood procurement. Journal of Forestry 109(1): 34-42.

Germain, R.H. and P. Pennfield. 2010. The Certified Wood Supply Chain Bottleneck and its Impact on LEED Construction Projects in New York State. Forest Products Journal 60(2):114-118.

Munsell, J.F., R.H, Germain, V.A. Luzadis, and E. Bevilacqua. 2009. Owner intentions, previous harvests, and future timber yield on 50 working NIPF in New York State. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry 26(2) 45-51.

Vickory, B., R.H. Germain, E. Bevilacqua. 2009. Urbanization's Impact on Sustained Yield Management as Perceived by Forestry Professionals in Central New York. Forest Policy and Economics 11: 42-49.

Munsell, J.F., R.H. Germain and E. Bevilacqua. 2008.  A Tale of Two Forests: Case Study Comparisons of Sustained Yield Management on Mississippi and New York NIPF. Journal of Forestry 106(8): 431-439.

Germain, R.H., N. Anderson and E. Bevilacqua. 2007. The Effects of Forestland Parcelization and Ownership Transfers on Non-industrial Private Forestland Forest Stocking in New York. Journal of Forestry 105(8): 403-408.

Munsell, J.F. and R.H. Germain. 2007. Woody biomass energy: An opportunity for silviculture on non-industrial private forestlands in New York. Journal of Forestry 105(8): 398-402.

Anderson, N. and R.H. Germain. 2007. Variation in sawmill procurement operations in the Northeast. Forest Products Journal 57(10):36-44.

Germain, R.H. and J. Munsell. 2005. How much land is needed for the harvest access system on NIPF dominated by northern hardwoods? Northern Journal of Applied Forestry 22(4): 243-247.

Lapierre, S. and R.H. Germain 2005. Forestland parcelization in the New York City Watershed. Journal of Forestry 104(3) 139-145.

Germain, R.H., Floyd D. and S. Stehman. 2001. Participant perceptions of the Forest Service’s public participation process. Jo. Of Forest Policy and Economics (3) 113-124.

Germain, R.H. and D.W. Floyd. 1999. Models for Examining Forest Resource Conflicts. Forest Science, 45(3) 394-406.

Current Graduate Advisees

Sara DreibelbisSara Dreibelbis

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Germain
  • Area of Study: Forest Mgt and Operations

Graduate Research Topic
Improving volume and grade recovery for the tree that built America: eastern white pine

Favorite Quote
"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be." - Kurt Vonnegut

Delaney KalsmanDelaney Kalsman

  • Degree Sought: MPS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Germain
  • Area of Study: Forest Resources Management

Anusha LamsalAnusha Lamsal

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Germain
  • Area of Study: FRM Natural Resources Mgt

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Graduate Research Topic
OPERATIONALIZING AND MEASURING COMMUNITY VITALITY IN THE CATSKILL-DELAWARE WATERSHEDS: The historic New York City (NYC) Watershed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), signed 25 years ago, sought to safeguard water quality of the drinking water supplied to NYC, and strengthen community vitality of the water supply source - the Catskill-Delaware watersheds. Have the objectives of enhancing economic development and social well-being of upstream communities been achieved?

Favorite Quote
"Watch a sunrise at least once a day" - Phil Dunphy

Stacey MackStacey Mack

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Germain and Moran
  • Area of Study: FRM Natural Resources Mgt

Graduate Research Topic
Resource challenges associated with hydraulic fracturing

Favorite Quote
"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift."- Steve Prefontaine

Mandira PokharelMandira Pokharel

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Germain
  • Area of Study: FRM Natural Resources Mgt

Graduate Research Area
Sustainability issues related to tropical timber trade

Favorite Quote
"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have". -Thomas Jefferson

Continuing Education Workshops by Topic Areas


  • Silviculture and Forest Protection, 12 workshops, 567 participants
  • Timber Harvest Planning (BMPs), 11 workshops, 431 participants
  • Logging Training and Safety, 6 workshops, 205 participants
  • Watershed Management, 3 workshops, 185 participants
  • Forest Measurements & GIS, 4 workshops, 165 participants
  • Financial Analysis and Forest Policy, 4 workshops, 165 participants