American Forests Names Paul Barten to National Advisory Board

American Forests, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the country, recently named Paul Barten, professor of forestry and hydrology in Environmental Conservation, to its science advisory board with its goal “to inform and evaluate American Forests’ forest restoration work and public policy initiatives, including helping develop new programs and projects.”

The group says board members represent diverse fields, geographic areas and work experience to help address the many issues facing America’s rural and urban forests.

Barten, who is also executive director of the Great Mountain Forest in northwest Connecticut, conducts field and modeling projects focused on forests, land use, stream flow, water quality and aquatic ecosystems in his research. He says his primary motivation is to protect drinking water supplies and aquatic ecosystems in collaboration with local communities, water utilities, nongovernmental organizations and state and federal agencies.

Barten has served on three National Research Council study teams, in 2000, 2004 and 2008, and as scientist-at-large on the research planning committee of Canada’s Sustainable Forest Management Network from 2003 to 2010. He was a Bullard Fellow at the Harvard Forest from 2003 to 2004.

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