Friday, October 12, 2012

New UAF boreal forest program launches

Principal investigators in the Boreal Alaska -- Learning, Adaptation and Production program will kick off their new project Monday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. on the UAF campus.

Special guest is Sen. Joe Thomas, who was instrumental in securing funding for the project, Professor Glenn Juday, Adjunct Professor Janice Dawe and post-doctoral researcher Thomas Grant will briefly explain the components of the project.

The goal of BAKLAP is to increase research on sustainable management of boreal forests for biomass use. For the K-12 and college student outreach component, biomass is added as a third curricular strand to the model that OneTree Alaska has developed using phenology and dendrochronology.

BAKLAP is funded by a $1 million capital legislative appropriation to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, contracted to the Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

On Monday at 10, BAKLAP associates will gather with Sen. Thomas and other Interior legislators to celebrate the beginning of the research and outreach program. The event will occur at Arctic Health Research Building, Room 1W05.

The public is welcome to attend. To RSVP, contact Thomas Grant.

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