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7th Annual Biotechnology SymposiumBrookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY
May 12 & 13, 2015

NYFOA Symposium

"The Future of New York Forests at Risk- Working Toward a Comprehensive Solution."

April 25, 2015
SUNY-ESF Gateway Center

Forests cover 63% of New York State’s land area and provide critical environmental, economic and quality-of-life benefits to society. Most of our current forests are entering the final third of their natural life cycles but, in many parts of the state, are not regenerating the desirable tree species and native understory vegetation that will serve the needs of citizens, wildlife or the forest products industry in the future. Participants and speakers, through discussion and interaction, will assess the capacity of current knowledge, techniques and policies to assure the regeneration of native New York forests.

This symposium is presented by the New York Forest Owners Association and co-sponsored by:
Audubon New York, Catskill Forest Association, Cornell University College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, New York Department of Environmental Conservation, New York Farm Bureau, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, The Nature Conservancy, Empire State Forest Products Association and NY Society of American Foresters.

Who Should Attend?
Any business associated with the forest products industry, environmental organizations, land trusts, maple syrup producers, consulting foresters, farmers whose agricultural interests are impacted by deer, those who value healthy & diverse woodlands as bird and wildlife habitat, organizations interested in forest recreation, including hunting, businesses dependent on tourism, state, county and municipal park authorities, state legislators and the media.

NYLT and SAF Continuing Education Credits will be awarded for participation in the Symposium

Registration Fee: $15.00 (includes refreshments, lunch and handout materials)

Online registration closed at 3pm on Wednesday, April 22.

  • Online Registration

Complimentary parking is available on ESF's campus. A parking permit will be e-mailed out to all registered attendees prior to the event.


A hotel block has been established for April 24, 2015 at the Doubletree By Hilton in Syracuse, 6301 State Route 298, East Syracuse, NY 13057. The group code is FOS. Please call 800-222-TREE or the hotel directly at 315-432-0200 or at www.syracuse.doubletree.com on-line and add the code where it asks for special codes under the arrival & departure dates.


April 25, 2015

9:00 AM Arrival, Check-in, & Refreshments


Introduction and Overview of the Symposium

Dr. David Newman, Professor & Chair, Dept. of Forest & Natural Resources Management, SUNY-ESF


"A DEC Perspective"

Kathy Moser, NYS-DEC Deputy Commissioner for Natural Resources


“Why the northeastern forests are at risk. The science defining the problem”

Dr. Susan Stout, USDA Forest Service


“The consequences of inaction”

Dr. Charles Canham, Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies




“Impacts of interfering vegetation and harvest methods on the development of forest composition and structure” 

Dr. Ralph Nyland, SUNY-ESF

11:30 Questions & Answer Discussion with morning panel.
12:00 PM Lunch


“DEC strategies and programs to manage white tail deer populations”

Jeremy Hurst,  NYS-DEC


“Additional solutions to the deer problem”

Dr. Paul Curtis, Cornell University


“Strategies for the management of invasive and interfering vegetation”

Dr. Peter Smallidge, Cornell University


“Methods and barriers of timber management as part of the solution”

Sloane Crawford, NYS DEC

2:25 Break


"Planning Policy Solutions"


2:45 Question & Answer Discussion with afternoon panel.


Closing remarks, "Next steps"

Dr. David Newman, SUNY-ESF