René Germain | Forest and Natural Resources Management | SUNY-ESF
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René GermainProfessor

 René Germain

316 Bray Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210



Highest Education

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

Areas of Study

Sustained yield management on non-industrial private forestlands; supply chain management in forest products industry; 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 of BMPs; Sustainable Forestry Systems

Courses Taught

(Full Course Descriptions)

  • Principles of Management (FOR 360/560)
  • Integrated Resources Management (FOR 490/690)
  • Forest Operations (FOR 373)
  • Professional Forestry Mentoring (FOR 402)

Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Brandon BenedictBrandon Benedict

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

Ashlee BoughtonAshlee Boughton

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

Maneesha JayasuriyaManeesha Jayasuriya

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Germain
  • Area of Study: FRM Ecology and Ecosystems
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Kelaniya

Graduate Research Topic
Delineating ecological riparian buffers in working forests

Favorite Quote
"In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins-not through strength, but through persistence."-Buddha

Stacey MackStacey Mack

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

Patrick PenfieldPatrick Penfield

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Germain
  • Area of Study: Management
  • Previous Graduate Study: LeMoyne College (Business )

Web Link

Personal Statement
My research interests are in supply chains within saw mills, sustainability, continuous improvement,purchasing and project management. Right now the biggest driver of my research activities is the pursuit of my doctoral degree. I also want to be able to publish articles that will benefit society and help change the world in a positive manner. This past year I published my first peer reviewed article with Dr. Germain. Iím in the process working on my dissertation while finishing my course work and working full time.

Graduate Research Topic
Sawmill Supply Chains

Favorite Quote
You can please some of the people some of the time, some of the people all the time but you can't please all the people all the time. Abe Lincoln

Taylor RichmondTaylor Richmond

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

Annabel Roberts-McMichaelAnnabel Roberts-McMichael

  • Degree Sought: MS/MF
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Germain
  • Area of Study: ESC Coupled Natural and Human Systems
  • Undergraduate Institution: Cooper Union (Fine Art)

Personal Statement
With a background in art, non-profit organization management, organic farming, place-based education and food justice, I am grateful to now be at ESF to learn and develop new understanding of human beings' relationship with Northeast deciduous forest ecosystems: what are Indigenous Peoples' of this region relationships, roles and actions in the forests? What guidance do Indigenous Nations share for how they and non-indigenous inhabitants can improve relationships with forest ecosystems? What are the best of Western science's approaches to forest management that supports cultural, subsistence and non-timber, coupled natural and human systems? How can all those who are here enact peaceful, just, equitable and regenerative relationships with these forests and waters through new and renewed social ecological systems?

Graduate Research Topic
A case study of Indigenous Peoples' access to public/ancestral lands in New York State for essential traditional and customary purposes, such as hunting, fishing, gathering, conservation activities and education. This study focuses on lands managed by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and Haudenosaunee Nations' access.

Home Page
Annabel Roberts-McMichaels' Artwork & Land-Based Education Website

Daniel WestmanDaniel Westman

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Germain
  • Area of Study: Ecology and Ecosystems

Joshua WeyrensJoshua Weyrens

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Germain
  • Area of Study: Forest Management and Silviculture

Selected Publications

Refereed Publications:

Germain, R.H., J. Regula, S. Bick and L. Zhang. 2019. Factors Impacting Logging Costs: A Case Study in the Northeast, US. Forestry Chronicle (in press).

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 (in print).

Germain, R.H., C. Pinkoski and E. Bevilacqua. 2016. Parcelization and land use change in the rural residential landscape of the Catskill Region in New York State. Journal of Conservation Planning, 12: 29-40.

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. Wager. 2016. The tree that built America – Not making the grade. Journal of Forestry 114(5): 552-561.

Kelly, M., R.H. Germain and S. Mack. 2015. Forest Conservation Programs and the Landowners Who Prefer Them: Profiling Family Forest Owners in the New York City Watershed. Land Use Policy. 50: 17 – 28.

Kelly, M., R.H. Germain and Steve Stehman. 2015. Family Forest Owner Preferences for Forest

Conservation Programs: A New York Case Study. Forest Science. 61(3):597–603.

Germain, R.H., R. Yanai, A. Mischler, Y. Yang and BB Park. 2015. Landscape and Individual Tree Predictors of Dark Heart Size in Sugar Maple. Journal of Forestry. 113 (1): 20-29.

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.

Germain, R.H., B. Ellis and S. Stehman. 2014. Does Landowner Awareness and Knowledge Lead to Sustainable Forest Management? Journal of Extension. 52(6):1-13.

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.

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

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