Rene H Germain | Forest and Natural Resources Management | SUNY ESF
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Rene H GermainProfessor

Rene Germain

316 Bray Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210

315-470-6698
rhgermai@esf.edu

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.  https://doi.org/10.3390/f13010070

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, https://doi.org/10.1093/forsci/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, https://doi.org/10.1093/jofore/fvab034.

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, https://doi.org/10.1139/cjfr-2018-0508.

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, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2019.102084

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, https://doi.org/10.5558/tfc2019-005

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

Current Graduate Advisees

Sara DreibelbisSara Dreibelbis
sdreibel@syr.edu

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

B GartenbergB Gartenberg
bgartenb@syr.edu

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

Poonam JoshiPoonam Joshi
pjoshi08@syr.edu

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

Anusha LamsalAnusha Lamsal
alamsal@syr.edu

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

Stacey MackStacey Mack
samack@syr.edu

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

Mandira PokharelMandira Pokharel
mpokhare@syr.edu

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

Continuing Education Workshops by Topic Areas

(1998-present)

  • 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