Abstracts Sought for “Our Boreal Our Future: The Science, Policy and Practice of Addressing Change”

logo-ibfra-150bThis summer’s conference, Our Boreal Our Future: The Science, Policy and Practice of Addressing Change,” to be held June 5-9 2017 in Bangor, Maine is seeking abstracts.

The submission process for contributed abstracts has been extended to February 17, 2017. Speakers and presenters being informed of acceptance by March 10, 2017. Accepted abstracts will be assigned to the most appropriate theme and session. Please visit the conference website to submit an abstract or for additional information. Please visit http://www.2017ibfra.org/call.html.

We are also accepting special session proposals which should include a title, abstract, organizer, and names and suggested titles of constituent talks (if applicable) of proposed special sessions. In addition, the type of proposed special session should be indicated. The following formats will be considered: panels, research sessions, open discussions for science missions, and short workshops. The special session proposals can be sent to the Head of the Scientific Committee, Christopher Woodall (cwoodall@fs.fed.us) prior to January 1, 2017.

Registration is Open!
Register early for special rates that include an in conference all-day field tour of Acadian forest management and related industrial research sites. Please visit http://2017ibfra.org/registration.html.

The Conference
The boreal forest is the world’s largest terrestrial biome, covering 8% of the world’s land surface and comprising 29% of the world’s forest cover. The boreal forest serves an important role in the global carbon cycle, provides significant economic and social benefits to many nations, provides important habitat for plant and animal species, and still contains large areas that remain free of direct human disturbance. Climate and other environmental changes in combination with increasing resource development will lead to significant changes to this forest. The implications for policy, both within the boreal zone and globally, are enormous. The key to developing appropriate and effective policy responses to emerging challenges in the boreal region is having access to knowledge with a sound scientific basis.

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