Ursinus research informs U.S. Forest Service assessment
Associate Profess of Environmental Studies Dr. Patrick Hurley traveled to Raleigh, NC to participate in a U.S. Forest Service national assessment of potential climate change impacts on the use of so-called nontimber forest products (NTFPs). NTFPs include plant and plant-related materials that are harvested by people for food, medicine, and natural resource materials. Dr. Hurley spoke specifically about his research with African American basket-makers in the South Carolina Lowcountry, research he and his students have been conducting on the use of city and suburban forests in the Philadelphia Metropolitan area, and research with U.S. Forest Service Research Geographer Dr. Marla Emery on the uses of forests in New York City by Chinese immigrants and their descendants. Dr. Hurley will be working with a team of scholars to develop a chapter for inclusion in the assessment, which should appear in early 2015.