GMF Extends Its Impact Beyond Local Area
Great Mountain Forest always has been the big backyard for our local community, but recently through the efforts of Tamara Muruetagoiena, its new executive director, GMF's significance in research, forestry science, and climate change and sustainability has been recognized at the state and regional level and beyond.
GMF Represented in Gov. Lamont's Council on Climate Change

GMF's Executive Director Tamara Muruetagoiena's efforts to expand its work to the state level and beyond has been fruitful.

She is a member of the Science and Technology Working Group of Gov. Lamont's Council on Climate Change (CG3). The charge of this group is to translate climate modeling and data so it can be incorporated into adaptation and resiliency planning processes. In that group, Muruetagoiena chairs the Health, Ecosystems, Biodiversity, Water, Food, Soil Subgroup.
GMF Part of Regional Forest Monitoring Collaborative

GMF is now a member of the regional Forest Ecosystems Monitoring Cooperative (FEMC).

FEMC is a collaboration between states in New England and New York to compile data related to forest ecosystems and improve understanding on long-term trends, annual conditions and interdisciplinary relationships of the physical, chemical, and biological components of forest ecosystems.

Its four areas of collaboration are forest disturbance, climate metrics, relevance and currency (ensuring and enhancing the relevancy of FEMC), and forest health monitoring.
IUCN Application Submitted to Give GMF a Global Voice
In June, GMF submitted its applicaton to become a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

This member organization is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.

According to Muruetagoiena, "Forests are critical to the conversations about climate change. It's important for us, as a working forest, to have a direct voice in those conversations."

Application to IUCN involves two letters of support which were provided by Yale School of the Environment and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
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