Title: Research Geographer
Unit: People and Their Environments: Social Science Supporting Natural Resource Management and Policy
Aiken Center, Room 303E; 81 Carrigan Drive
Burlington, VT 05405
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- Ph.D. Geography, Rutgers University, 1998
Civic & Professional Affiliations
Association of American Geographers, International Association for Society & Natural Resources, Society for Economic Botany
Contemporary nontimber forest product (NTFP) uses, especially in the eastern United States and elsewhere in the industrialized world.
Why is This Important
- Surveys suggest that approximately 20% of the U.S. population gathers NTFPs. This widespread, if poorly understood, activity creates direct connections between people and forests.
- NTFPs may present income opportunities for forest landowners.
- NTFPs, especially those that have become global commodities, present sustainability concerns.
- NTFPs present environmental justice opportunities and challenges.
- NTFPs present opportunities to explore a range of human-forest interactions and, as a result, the possibility of both empirical and theoretical advances in our understanding of these relationships.
- Recent legislation mandates that the USFS manage for NTFPs. We need sound scientific information to meet that legislative requirement.
We are planning a comprehensive research program to support sustainable managementof nontimberl forest products (NTFPs). The program would participate innational and international efforts while keeping a primary focus in the NRSregion. Research would take place across the urban-rural gradient. The program wouldaddress the following five objectives:
- to identify the culturally and economically important (C&EI) NTFPs harvested in and around the State.
- to understand the ecologies of the C&EI SFPs harvested in and around the State.
- to understand the uses and values of the C&EI SFPs harvested in and around the state.
- to inventory and monitor the C&EI SFPs harvested in and around the State.
- to develop comprehensive plans, in a participatory manner, for managing the C&EI SFPs harvested in and around the State.
- Ginger, Clare; Emery, Marla R.; Baumflek, Michelle J.; Punam, David E. 2012. Access to natural resources on private property: factors beyond right of entry. Society and Natural Resources. 25: 700-715.
- McLain, R.J.; MacFarland, K.; Brody, L.; Hebert, J.; Hurley, P.; Poe, M.; Buttolph, L.P.; Gabriel, N.; Dzuna, M.; Emery, M.R.; Charnley, S. 2012. Gathering in the city: an annotated bibliography and review of the literature about human-plant interactions in urban ecosystems. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-849. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 107 p.
- Barron, Elizabeth S.; Emery, Marla R. 2012. Implications of variation in social-ecological systems for the development of U.S. fungal management policy. Society and Natural Resources. 25: 996-1011.
- McLain, Rebecca; Poe, Melissa; Hurley, Patrick T.; Lecompte-Mastenbrook, Joyce; Emery, Marla R. 2012. Producing edible landscapes in Seattle's urban forest. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 11: 187-194
- Diamond, Allaire K.; Emery, Marla R. 2011. Black Ash (Fraxinus nigra Marsh.): Local ecological knowledge of site characteristics and morphology associated with basket-grade specimens in New England (USA). Economic Botany. 65(4): 422-426.
- Skog, Ken; Howard, James; Alexander, Susan; Cordell, Ken; Emery, Marla; Mercer, Evan; Mou, Shela; Magis, Kristen; McDonough, Maureen. 2011. Maintenance and enhancement of long-term multiple socioeconomic benefits to meet the needs of societies. Criterion 6.. In: National report on sustainable forests - 2011. FS-979. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: II-67 to II-106.
- Alexander, Susan J.; Oswalt, Sonja N.; Emery, Marla R. 2011. Nontimber forest products in the United States: Montreal Process indicators as measures of current conditions and sustainability. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-851. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 36 p
- Baumflek, Michelle J.; Emery, Marla R.; Ginger, Clare. 2010. Culturally and economically important nontimber forest products of northern Maine. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-68. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 74 p.
- Dyke, Alison; Emery, Marla R. 2010. NTFPs in Scotland: Changing attitudes to access rights in a reforesting land. In: Laird, Sarah A.; McLain, Rebecca J.; Wynberg, Rachel P., eds. Wild product governance: Finding policies that work for non-timber forest products. London: Earthscan: 135-154.
- Greenlaw, Suzanne; Emery, Marla R.; Kimmerer, Robin W.; Bridgen, Michael. 2010. Understanding and integrating native knowledge to determine and identify high quality ash resources. In: Michler, Charles H.; Ginzel, Matthew D., eds. 2010. Proceedings of symposium on ash in North America; 2010 March 9-11; West Lafayette, IN. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-72. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 8.
- Emery, Marla R.; Barron, Elizabeth S. 2010. Using local ecological knowledge to assess morel decline in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region. Economic Botany. 64(3): 205-216.
- Barron, Elizabeth S.; Emery, Marla R. 2009. Protecting resources: Assessing visitor harvesting of wild morel mushrooms in two national capital region parks. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/NCRO/NRTR--2009/002. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Washington, D.C. 52 p.
- Robbins, Paul; Emery, Marla; Rice, Jennifer L. 2008. Gathering in Thoreau's backyard: nontimber forest product harvesting as practice. Area. 40(2): 265-277.
- McCandless, Susannah R.; Emery, Marla R. 2008. Partial power, partial knowledge: accounting for the dis-integration of a Costa Rican cooperative. Society and Natural Resources. 21: 310-323.
- Emery, Marla; Martin, Suzanne; Dyke, Alison. 2006. Wild Harvests from Scottish Woodlands Social, cultural and economic values of contemporary non-timber forest products. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh. 1?40.
- Emery, Marla R.; Pierce, Alan R. 2005. Interrupting the telos: locating subsistence in contemporary US forests. Environment and Planning 37:981-993
- Pierce, Alan R.; Emery, Marla R. 2005. The use of forests in times of crisis: ecological literacy as a safety net. Forest, Trees, and Livelihoods 15:249-252
- Martin, Suzanne; Emery, Marla; Dyke, Alison. 2005. Wild harvests from Scottish woodlands: an exploration of the health and well-being of non-timber forest products collection and use. In: Gallis, C. Proceedings of first Europen Cost E39 conference: forests, trees, health, and well-being. Thessaloniki, Greece: National Agriculture Research, Forest Research Institute: [inclusive pages unknown]
- Emery, Marla R.; Pierce, Alan R.; Schroeder, Robert. 2004. Criterion 6, indicator 47 area and percent of forest land used for subsistence purposes. In: Darr, David R., coord. Data report: a supplement of the national report on sustainable forests-2003. FS-766A. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- Emery, Marla R.; Ginger, Clare; Newman, Siri; Giammusso, Michael R.B. 2003. Special forest products in context: gatherers and gathering in the Eastern United States. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-306. Newtown Squre, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 59 p.
- Emery, Marla R. 2003. Wild plants and all our other relations: the ethics of using, developing, and managing nontimber forest products. In: Alaska Boreal Forest Council, Comps. Proceedings: hidden forest values. The first Alaska-wide nontimber forest products conference and tour; 2001 November 8-11; Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-579. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 53-54.
- Emery, Marla R. 2002. Historical overview of nontimber forest product uses in the Northeastern United States. In: Jones, Eric T.; McLain, Rebecca J.; and Weigand, James, eds. Nontimber Forest Products in the United States. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas: 3-25
- Emery, Marla R. 2002. Space outside the market: implications of NTFP certification for subsistence use (US). In: Shanley, Patricia; Pierce, Alan R.; Laird, Sarah A.; and Guillen, Abraham, eds. Tapping the Green Market: Certification and Management of Non-Timber Forest Products. Sterling, VA: Earthscan Publishing Ltd.: 302-312
- Barnett, Charles; Butler, Brett; Dolan, Paul; Dupree, Thomas; Emery, Marla; Lister, Andrew; Lister, Tonya; Ricard, Paul; Sparks, Catherine; Wharton, Eric; Widmann, Richard. 2002. The Forests of Rhode Island. NE-INF-155-02. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 24 p.
- Emery, Marla; O'Halek, Shandra L. 2001. Brief overview of historical non-timber forest product use in the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Upper Midwest. Journal of Sustainable Forestry 13(3/4):25-30
- Emery, Marla; O'Halek, Shandra L. 2001. Brief overview of historical non-timber forest product use in the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Upper Midwest. In: Emery, Marla R.; McLain, Rebecca J., eds. Non-timber forest products: medicinal herbs, fungi, edible fruits and nuts, and other natural products from the forest. Binghamton, NY: Food Products Press: 25-30
- Emery, Marla R. 2001. Gatherers, practices, and livelihodd roles of non-timber forest products. Non-timber forest products, fact sheet no. 6. Virginia Tech: Blacksburg, VA. 5 p.
- McLain, Rebecca J.; Emery, Marla R. 2001. Introduction. In: Emery, Marla R.; McLain, Rebecca J., eds. Non-timber forest products: medicinal herbs, fungi, edible fruits and nuts, and other natural products from the forest. Binghamton, NY: Food Products Press: 1-4
- Emery, Marla R. 2001. Non-timber forest products and livelihoods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. In: Davidson-Hunt, Iain; Duchesne, Luc C.; Zasada, John C. Forest communities in the third millennium: linking research, business, and policy toward a sustainable non-timber forest product sector. Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-217. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Research Station: 23-30.
- Emery, Marla R.; Zasada, John. 2001. Silviculture and nontimber forest products: extending the benefits of forest management. The Timberline 10-13
- Doble, Siri; Emery, Marla. 2001. The role of non timber forest products: a case study of gatherers in the eastern United States. In: Kyle, Gerard, comp., ed. 2001. Proceedings of the 2000 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-276. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 53-57
- Emery, Marla R. 2001. Who knows? Local non-timber forest product knowledge and stewardship practices in northern Michigan. journal of Sustainable Forestry 13(3/4):123-139
- Emery, Marla R. 1999. Social values of specialty forest products to rural communities. In: Josiah, Scott J., ed. Proceedings of the North American Conference on Enterprise Development Through Agroforestry: Farming the Forest for Specialty Products. Minneapolis, MN. 25-32
- Birdsey, Richard A.; Hom, John L.; Emery, Marla. 1996. The northern global change research program. In: Hom, John; Birdsey, Richard; O'Brian, Kelly, eds. Proceedings 1995 meeting of the northern global change program; Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-214. Radnor, PA: U. S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station: 1-6.
- Emery, Marla; Paananen, Donna M. 1995. Humans, forests, and global environmental change: planning a social science research agenda. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-212. Radnor, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 22 p.