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IP will help fund Northern Forest Atlas

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - Updated: 11:09 AM

SARANAC LAKE -- The Wildlife Conservation Society has received a grant from the International Paper Foundation to help publish the "Northern Forest Atlas."

The atlas, which will be released in a series of books, charts, digital applications, and posters, will document the habitats and ecosystems of the Northern Forest (forested areas located in northern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine). The project is a joint effort between WCS and the Northern Forest Atlas Foundation.

Jerry Jenkins, WCS ecologist and atlas project director, will consolidate the enormous body of his highly-specialized ecological research from the past 45 years into a natural history interpretive collection to be released over the next five years.

The program will provide professionally designed graphic representations of the natural world. It will complement existing environmental education programs in the region and be a resource for field studies.

"Our goals are to inspire conservation and inform environmental education for those who live in and study the region," said Jenkins, who has conducted extensive ecological studies of the Adirondacks as well as botanical and ecological inventories and surveys on hundreds of thousands of acres throughout the Northeast.

Jenkins is the author of several comprehensive books on the Adirondack region, including "Climate Change in the Adirondacks: The Path to Sustainability," and "The Adirondack Atlas: A Geographic Portrait of the Adirondack Park," co-authored by Andy Keal and Bill McKibben and published as a project of the Wildlife Conservation Society in 2004.


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