Davenport receives USDA grant to address critical water issues
Forest Resources Associate Professor Mae Davenport has received funding for the research “Understanding and Building Capacity to Address Changing Water Availability in the Upper Corn Belt.” The grant is one of 14 grants recently announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) totaling more than $9 million to help solve critical water problems in rural and agricultural watersheds across the United States. The grants are funded through the Water for Agriculture Challenge Area of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.
"Food, water, climate, energy, and environmental issues are all linked together, which is why we invest in multi-level approaches to water management solutions," said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. "These solutions will improve water resource quantity and quality for America’s agricultural systems, and also inform decision makers and citizens alike." Read More.
Professor Peter Reich: Connecting people to climate research
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Thanks to the work of Dean Current, nearly 1 million eco-palms were distributed across the U.S. this year to benfit communities and sutain palm forests in Central America.
The CFANS Cloquet Forestry Center (CFC) hosted the University Board of Regents and President Eric Kaler on March 22 as part of their monthly meeting. Regent David McMillan of Duluth made a visit to the CFC last fall and was instrumental in encouraging the Board to make a visit to the Center. Faculty from the Department of Forest Resources and CFC staff fielded their questions about CFANS students, particularly those in majors like Forest and Natural Resource Management who complete up to seven weeks of field instruction at the CFC.
Jan. 27 - 'Invasive: Envisioning the Ecological Transformation of the Boundary Waters'
This public reception for the photo exhibit "Invasive" features a talk by the artist and by Lee Frelich, director of the U of M Center for Forest Ecology. The exhibit by David Luke combines photographic imagery of northern Minnesota's boreal forest with the state's southern and central prairies. The images visualize imminent transformations to land and water due to climate change and invasive species. 6-8 p.m., Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library.