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PhD, Forest Management Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech

John Munsell

Dr. John Munsell is a professor and forest management extension specialist in Virginia Tech’s Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation. He is director of the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition and served as president of the Association for Temperate Agroforestry from 2015 to 2017. Munsell co-authored The Community Food Forest Handbook, published by Chelsea Green. He is author or co-author of more than 60 refereed journal articles and 50 technical publications, and is lead author of the urban and community agroforestry systems chapter and co-author of the forest farming chapter in the textbook North American Agroforestry: An Integrated Science and Practice, 3rd ed. In 2017, Munsell chaired the 15th North American Agroforestry Conference in Blacksburg and represented North America during the concluding “road map” plenary session at the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry in Montpellier, France, in 2018. He also leads annual advanced silviculture training for federal agency foresters from across the country.

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Virginia Tech Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Address: Blacksburg, Virginia
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