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The Green Wall

Season 2 | Episode 3 | March 15, 2021

A conversation with Ralph Nyland, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, who has conducted extensive applied research into even and uneven-aged silvicultural systems in northern hardwood forests for over 50 years. In this episode of SilviCast we explore with Ralph the challenges of implementing uneven-aged systems like single-tree selection, particularly when our second-growth, mostly even-aged northern hardwood forest don’t always cooperate!




Ralph D. Nyland

Professor Emeritus in Silviculture, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Dr. Nyland worked for 5 years as a forester with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation before earning a Ph.D. in forest management and silviculture from Michigan State University in 1966. In 1967, he joined the faculty at SUNY-ESF and helped form the Applied Forestry Research Institute. He studied even- and uneven-aged silvicultural systems, focusing primarily on natural regeneration and tending of northern hardwood stands and age classes. His research also involved long-term monitoring of natural stands following alternative silvicultural treatments, and exploring ways to enhance wildlife habitat and other values of importance in ecosystem management. He is a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters.

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