Faculty & Staff Newsletter
On Thursday, December 5, members of the Family Forest Research Center, a joint venture between the USDA Forest Service and the UMass Amherst, received the U.S. Forest Service’s Chief’s Award. The award was presented by Forest Service Chief Vickie Christiansen in a ceremony at the USDA headquarters in Washington D.C. The Family Forest Research Center was honored for its contribution to a U.S. Department of Agriculture goal to “Strengthen the stewardship of private lands through technology and research.” The Family Forest Research Center aims to illuminate the motivations, management activities, future plans, and challenges faced by the nearly 10 million families, individuals, trusts, and estates, referred to as family forest owners. The Family Forest Research Center is co-directed by Brett Butler, research forester with the USDA Forest Service, and Paul Catanzaro, Extension associate professor and state extension forester at UMass Amherst.