Kittredge Honored with International Small Scale Forestry Research Award

David Kittredge
David Kittredge

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) small scale forestry group has honored David B. Kittredge, environmental conservation, with the 2016 Brandl Award, given annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of small scale forestry research. He received the award at the group’s meeting in Brazil on Sept. 26.

Christoph Hartebrodt, group chair and researcher at the Forest Research Institute Baden-Württemberg, Germany,says the award, named for professor Helmut Brandl, a founder of the IUFRO small-scale forestry group and a leading scholar of private forest policy in Germany, has been presented annually since 2008. The aim is “to honor and thank people who contributed to the science in the field of small-scale forestry research and for the organizational support, frequently hosting one of the annual meetings of the IUFRO research group.”

Kittredge has served as a forester on the faculty since 1987. He co-directs the Family Forest Research Center, a national joint venture between UMass Amherst and the USDA Forest Service whose mission is to study the attitudes and behaviors of family forest owners.

He says of the honor, “Our Family Forest Research Center hosted the IUFRO Small Scale Forestry meeting at UMass Amherst in 2012, with over 100 scientists from 19 countries participating. Being recognized with this award is special to me, since I have friends and colleagues from around the world who share this research interest.”

Curt Griffin, head of environmental conservation, says, “This award highlights Dave’s outstanding contributions and public service to a very long and influential list of public and professional organizations involving foresters, forest landowners, agencies and communities. He has had a major impact on shaping community opinion leaders on land conservation and management throughout Massachusetts, New England and nationally.”

Kittredge points out that collectively, family forest owners are responsible for more forest nationwide than industry or government, so their decisions substantially influence the future of much of the nation’s forests. Small-scale forests are particularly challenging to study or manage since they involve not only the natural variety of trees, plants and animals, but a host of social factors including economics, sociology, psychology and history. The natural extent of forests commonly spans multiple ownerships making their conservation a challenging endeavor to study.

IUFRO is the global network for forest science cooperation, uniting more than 15,000 scientists in almost 700 Member Organizations in over 110 countries.