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U.S. FOREST SERVICE NAMES NEW LEADER FOR MAINE RESEARCH PROJECT

 U.S. FOREST SERVICE NAMES NEW LEADER FOR MAINE RESEARCH PROJECT
 PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. John C. Brissette has been selected as the new research project leader at the Northeastern Forest Experiment Station in Orono, Maine.
 The announcement was made today by Acting Station Director Robert M. Romancier. Brissette will take charge of the research program on "Culture of Spruce-Fir Forests" as of January 1993.
 Brissette is currently principal silviculturist at the Alexandria Forestry Center of the Southern Forest Experiment Station in Pineville, La. Since joining the Southern Station in 1984, Brissette has conducted silvicultural and ecophysiological research, studying problems of artificially regenerating southern pine stands. His work has focused on the interaction among environmental and cultural factors that affect seedling morphology, physiology and establishment in the field. Root development and function have been emphasized in this research. He is the author or coauthor or more than 50 publications about reforestation and received his Ph.D from Louisiana State University in 1990.
 Prior to joining the Southern Station, Brissette was the nursery and tree improvement specialist for the southern region of the National Forest System from 1979 to 1984. In that capacity, he provided reforestation-related technology transfer assistance to state and industry forestry organizations throughout the South. He became a certified silviculturist in the southern region in 1984 and has continued that certification since then.
 Brissette received his undergraduate and master's degrees in forestry from the University of Michigan in 1975 and 1977. From 1977 to 1979, he was a tree improvement specialist in the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University. During that time, he was responsible for tree selection and seed collection and planting of genetic test and seed orchards for the Michigan State Cooperative Tree Improvement Program. Prior to his baccalaureate education, he served as an aviator in the U.S. Army, flying combat support missions in Vietnam and training support missions in the United States in a variety of helicopters.
 "We are pleased to have attracted a scientist of John's caliber to lead the Orono unit," said Romancier. "His leadership in reforestation research and technology transfer will further strengthen the scientific program at Orono and help us respond to emerging industry and private landowner research needs in Maine. His selection reinforces the Northeastern Station's commitment to develop the information and technology New England residents need to protect, manage and use the spruce and fir forests of the region."
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 /CONTACT: Jane Gamal-Eldin of the USDA Forest Service, 215-975-4229/ CO: USDA Forest Service ST: Maine, Pennsylvania, Louisiana IN: PAP SU: PER


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