Preserve hires first-ever Applied Forest Ecologist

Kate O’Connor joins the Conservation Programs team as our Applied Forest Ecologist – a new position focused on developing and implementing climate-adaptive forest management plans. Working together with Conservation Programs staff, the goal of this position is to create a plan to help declining hemlock stands transition to a healthy and biodiverse future forest that preserves, to the extent possible, the ecosystem services formerly provided by hemlock.


Photo: Community Science Coordinator Penny Adler-Colvin (L) and Applied Forest Ecologist Kate O’Connor (R) setting up a Lindgren funnel traps to catch the Southern pine beetle by Julie Gundersen