- Johnson, Logan
University of Maine
The Forest Ecology Research Network (FERN) combines Maine TREE Foundation’s (Maine TREE) programs and packages them in a way that allows schools, nonprofit organizations, and communities to share experiences across the state. FERN unites Maine TREE’s Forest Inventory Growth (FIG) citizen science program, experiential learning through the Project Learning Tree (PLT) curriculum, and Holt Research Forest’s ecological research into an overarching program that expands the organization’s reach across the state.
The data collected by the FERN is analyzed and summarized annually to identify trends in Maine’s forest throughout the state. The annual summary also includes data and information on the impact and reach of the program for the partners and communities that are involved in the program.