Webinar: Forest carbon and wildlife habitat
Updated: Jul 19, 2022
Presenters: Caitlin Littlefield (Conservation Science Partners) and John Scanlon (recently retired from MassWildlife)
This webinar featured Caitlin Littlefield, Lead Scientist at Conservation Science Partners, and John Scanlon, recently retired MassWildlife Habitat Program Manager, examining the trade-offs between maximizing forest carbon and pursuing habitat restoration goals. Understanding these trade-offs and related climate impacts can help managers and landowners determine what management goals to prioritize and what sustainable forest practices can help get them there. This webinar delved into the implications of these trade-offs specifically for pitch pine-scrub oak barrens and the wildlife therein.
Dr. Caitlin Littlefield (she/her) is the Lead Scientist at Conservation Science Partners. She is a landscape ecologist and works at the intersection of forest ecology, conservation biology, and climate adaptation science. Caitlin also serves as a third-party verifier for forest carbon projects, which has taken her from the coastal forests of Alaska to Alabama's bottomlands to northern Maine.
John Scanlon recently retired from a 35-year-long career with MassWildlife as the Habitat Program Manager. John holds a passion for providing needed habitat diversity through sustainable forest management. This past fall, John, alongside MassWildlife, received the Massachusetts Forest Alliance’s Lambert Award, which recognizes exemplary stewardship and conservation of forests.