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John F Munsell

Associate Professor and Forest Management Extension Specialist

B.A., Tulane University (1995); M.S., State University of New York (2003); Ph.D., State University of New York (2007)

Interest Areas: Private Forestland Stewardship; Agroforestry and Whole Farm Planning; Bioenergy and Family Forest Sustainability; Collaborative Conservation; Integrated Natural Resources Problem Solving.

Teaching Responsibilities / Professional Activities and Awards

Teaching Responsibilities

  • FOR/CSES 4334: Practices and Principles of Agroforestry

  • FOR 5164: Human Dimensions Graduate Seminar (co-taught)

Professional Activities and Awards

  •     Associate Editor - Agroforestry Systems

  •     President - Association for Temperate Agroforestry

Selected Research and Extension Activities
  • Non-timber Product Output Report for Forest Inventory Analysis

  •     Forest Farming eXtension Community of Practice

  •     Native Fruit and Nut Tree Riparian Buffers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

  •     Agroforestry Preferences and Procedures in Cameroon

  •     Building the Capacity of Appalachian Forest Farming Networks

  •     Forest Certification Stakeholders

  •     Bioenergy and Family Forest Sustainability

  •     Virginia's Link to Education about Forests (LEAF) Program.

Refereed Publications


  • Cristan, R., W.M. Aust, M.C. Bolding, S.M. Barrett, and J.F. Munsell. in press. National status of state developed and implemented best management practices for protecting water quality in the United States. Forest Ecology and Management.
  • Munsell, J.F., B.J. Addlestone, C.J Bukowski, L. Nkembi, N. Kingsly, and E.A. Moore. in press. Relationships between agroforestry and community development according to practitioners. Agroforestry Systems.
  • Franz, N.K, J.F. Munsell, T.N. Brown, and H.K. Chittum. 2017. Evaluate naturally and quickly with Just-in-Time program evaluation. Journal of Extension. 55(1).
  • Lal, P., B. Wolde; J.R.R. Alavalapati, P. Burli, and J.F. Munsell. 2016. Forestland Owners' Willingness to Plant Pine on Non-Forested Land for Woody Bioenergy in Virginia. Forest Policy and Economics. 73(2016):52-57.
  • Polys, N.F., P.M. Sforza, W.C. Hession, and J.F. Munsell. 2016. Extensible Experiences: Fusality for Stream and Field. In: Proceedings of the 21th International Conference on 3D Web Technology (Web3D '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA.
  • Munsell, J.F., S.M McCabe, and J.R. Seiler. 2016. Forestry education in US Southern Piedmont high school science classes. Journal of Forestry. 114(4):441-448.
  • Wolde, B., P. Lal, J.R.R. Alavalapti, and J.F. Munsell. 2016. Factors affecting forestland owners' allocation of non-forested land to pine plantation for bioenergy in Virginia. Biomass and Bioenergy. 85(2016):69-75.
  • Barrett, S.M., W.M. Aust, M.C. Bolding, W.A. Lakel, and J.F. Munsell. 2016. Estimated Erosion, Ground Cover, and Best Management Practices Audit Details for Post-Harvest Evaluations of Biomass and Conventional Clearcut Harvests. Journal of Forestry. 114(1):9-16.
  • Barrett, S.M., W.M. Aust, M.C. Bolding, W.A. Lakel, and J.F. Munsell. 2016. Implementation of Forestry Best Management Practices on Biomass and Conventional Harvesting Operations in Virginia. Water. 8(3):89.
  • Cristan, R., W.M. Aust, M.C. Bolding, S.M. Barrett, J.F. Munsell, and E. Schilling. 2016. Effectiveness of forestry best management practices in the United States: Literature review. Forest Ecology and Management. 360:130-151.
  • Kimball, L.L., P.E. Wiseman, S.D. Day, and J.F. Munsell. 2014. Use of urban tree canopy assessments by localities in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Cities and the Environment. 7(2):1-16.
  • Barrett, S.M., M.C. Bolding, W.M. Aust, and J.F. Munsell. 2014. Characteristics of logging businesses that harvest biomass for energy production. Forest Products Journal. 64(7-8):265-272.
  • Bond, B.H., S. Lyon, J.F. Munsell, S.M. Barrett, and J.L. Gagnon. 2014. Perceptions of Virginia's primary forest products manufactures regarding forest certification. Forest Products Journal. 64(7-8):242-249.
  • Campell, C.D., J.R. Seiler, P.E. Wiseman, B.D. Strahm, and J.F. Munsell. 2014. Soil carbon dynamics in residential lawns converted from Appalachian mixed oak stands. Forests. 5(3). 425-438
  • Moore, E.A., J.F. Munsell, A.L. Hammett, and K.M. Moore. 2014. Agroforestry preferences in refugee hosting communities in Cameroon. Agroforestry Systems. 88(4):735-752.
  • McCabe, S.M., J.F. Munsell, and J.R. Seiler. 2014. Forest Field Trips among high school science teachers in the southern Piedmont. Natural Sciences Education. 43:44–50 (2014).
  • Trozzo, K.E., J.F. Munsell, and J.L. Chamberlain. 2014. Landowner interest in multifunctional agroforestry riparian buffers. Agroforestry Systems. 88(4):619-629.
  • Trozzo, K.E., J.F. Munsell, J.L. Chamberlain, and W.M. Aust. 2014. Potential adoption of agroforestry riparian buffers based on landowner and streamside characteristics. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 69(2).140-150.
  • VanBrakle, J.D., R.H Germain, J.F. Munsell, and S.V. Stehman. 2013. Do forest management plans increase BMP implementation on family forests? A formative evaluation in New York City's watershed. Journal of Forestry. 11(2):108-114.
  • Johnson J.W., J.H. Fike, W.B. Fike, J.A. Burger, J.R. McKenna, J.F. Munsell, and S.C. Hodges. 2013. Millwood honeylocust trees: Seedpod nutritive value and yield characteristics. Agroforestry Systems. 81(4):849-856
  • Vaughan, R.C., J.F. Munsell, and J.L. Chamberlain. 2013. Opportunities for enhancing non-timber forest products management in the United States. Journal of Forestry. 111(1):26-33.
  • Johnson, J.W., J.H. Fike, W.B. Fike, J.A. Burger, J.F. Munsell, J.R. McKenna, and S.C. Hodges. 2012. Millwood and wild type honeylocust seedpod nutritive value changes over winter. Crop Science. 52:2807-2816.
  • Brinckman, M.D. and J.F. Munsell. 2012. Disproportionality, social marketing, and biomass availability: A case study of Virginia and North Carolina family forests. Southern Journal of Applied Forestry. 36(2):85-91.
  • Barrett, S.M., M.C. Bolding, and J.F. Munsell. 2012. Evaluating continuing education needs and program effectiveness using a survey of Virginia’s SHARP logger program participants. Journal of Extension. 50(1).
  • Munsell, J.F., S.M. Barrett, and M.C. Bolding. 2011. An exploratory study of biomass harvesting among logging firms in Virginia and North Carolina. Forest Science. 57(5):427-434.
  • Munsell, J.F.and T.R. Fox. 2010. An analysis of the feasibility for increasing woody biomass production from pine plantations in the southern United States. Biomass and Bioenergy. 34(12):1631-1642.
  • Radtke, P.J. and J.F. Munsell. 2010. Wikipeda as a tool for forestry outreach. Journal of Forestry. 108(7):354-359.
  • Bolding, M.C., S.M. Barrett, J.F. Munsell, and M.C. Groover. 2010. Characteristics of Virginia’s logging businesses in a changing timber market. Forest Products Journal. 60(1):86-93.
  • Munsell, J.F., J.L. Gagnon, S. Barrett, and E. Powell. 2010. Virginia’s link to education about forestry (LEAF) program. Journal of Extension. 48(3).
  • Luzadis, V.A., L. Castello, J. Choi, C.B. Franco, E. Greenfield, S. Kim, J.F. Munsell, E. Nordman, and F. Olowabi. 2010. The science of ecological economics: A content analysis of Ecological Economics, 1989–2004. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1185:1-10.
  • Munsell, J.F., R. Hamilton, and A. Downing. 2009. Prospective scope of forest management education at James Madison’s Montpelier. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education. 38:198-203.
  • Munsell, J.F., R.H. Germain, V.A. Luzadis, and E. Bevilacqua. 2009. Owner intentions, previous harvests, and future timber yield on 50 working NIPF in New York State. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry. 26(2):45-51.
  • Munsell, J.F., R.H Germain, and I.A. Munn. 2008. A tale of two forests: Case study comparisons of sustained yield management on Mississippi and New York nonindustrial private forestland. Journal of Forestry. 106(8):431-439.
  • Munsell, J.F.and R.H. Germain. 2007. Woody biomass energy: An opportunity for silviculture on non-industrial private forestlands in New York. Journal of Forestry. 105(8): 398-402.
  • Munsell, J.F.and R.H. Germain. 2007. Measuring BMP knowledge and implementation among Catskill/Delaware watershed NIPF owners. Proceedings: international conference on transfer of forest science knowledge and technology. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-726. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 255 p.
  • Germain, R.H., J.F. Munsell, and K. Brazill. 2007. The New York City watershed model forests revisited five years later: an assessment of successes, failures, and challenges for the future. Journal of Extension. 45(3).
  • Munsell, J.F., R.H. Germain, E. Bevilacqua, and R.M. Schuster. 2006. Voluntary BMP implementation by NIPF owners in New York City's water supply system. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry. 23(2):133-140.
  • Germain, R.H. and J.F. Munsell. 2005. How much land is needed for the harvest access system on non-industrial private forestlands dominated by northern hardwoods? Northern Journal of Applied Forestry. 22(4): 243-247
  • Munsell, J.F. and R.H. Germain. 2004. Forestry extension participation and written forest management plan use in New York City's water supply system. Journal of Extension. 42(2).
Professional and Technical Publications
  • Munsell, J.F.and A.K. Downing. 2012. Experiencing Forest Conservation at James Madison's Montpelier. Virginia Forests. Fall Edition. 9-11.

  • Trozzo, K.E., J.F. Munsell,and J.L. Chamberlain. 2012. Native Fruit and Nut Trees of Virginia’s Mountains and Piedmont. Virginia Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet. ANR-23NP. 5p.
  • Trozzo, K.E., J.F. Munsell, and J.L. Chamberlain. 2012. Woody Florals for Income and Conservation. Virginia Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet. ANR-22NP. 3p.
  • Munsell, J.F. 2012. A Muli-perspective Panel of Forest Certification. Virginia Forests. Summer. 10-12.
  • Barrett, S.M., J.L. Chandler, M.C. Bolding, and J.F. Munsell. 2012. Forest Harvesting in Virginia: Characteristics of Virginia’s Logging Operations. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication Number ANR-5. 15p.
  • Munsell, J.F.2012. An Update on Agroforestry. Virginia Forest Landowner Update. 26(1):1.
  • Rojas, P. and J.F. Munsell. 2011. Chile’s Forests: Past, Present, and Future. Virginia Forests. Winter Edition. 4-7.
  • Vaughan, R.C., J.L. Chamberlain, and J.F. Munsell. 2011. Growing American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)in Forestlands. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication Number 354-313. 13p.
  • Vaughan, R.C. and J.F. Munsell. 2010. Cultivating the forest floor in your tree farm. Tree Farmer Magazine. July/August. 18-20.
  • Murrill, S., J.F. Munsell, and D.A. Robertson. 2010. Forest Landcare in the Chesapeake Headwaters: A Case Study of the Blue Ridge Forest Cooperative. In: Chapter 3 – A Sustainable Chesapeake: Better Models for Conservation. Editors: D. Burke and J. Dunn. The Conservation Fund. Arlington, Va.
  • Barrett, S., M.C. Bolding, and J.F. Munsell. 2010. Virginia SHARP Logger Survey: Characteristics of Virginia’s Logging Businesses. Virginia Forests. Summer Edition. 11-14.
  • Barrett, S., M.C. Bolding, and J.F. Munsell. 2010. Loggers Willingness to Adapt to Biomass Harvesting. Forest Operations Review. 12(2): 21-22.
  • Munsell, J.F.and C. Kimmel. 2010. Service Learning and Whole-Farm Planning in the Catawba and North Fork Valleys. Engagement Matters. 2(1): 2-3.
  • Munsell, J.F.2010. Sustainable Forest Education Program Seeks to Reach the Next Generation of Forest Stewards. CSA News. 55(2):47;50.
  • Munsell, J.F.2010. Finding the Good Oak in Urban Forests. Virginia Forests. Spring Edition. 13-15.
  • Brunner, A., J.F. Munsell, J.L. Gagnon, H. Burkhart, C. Zipper, C. Jackson, A.G. Fannon, B. Stanton, and R. Shuren. 2009. Hybrid Poplar for Bioenergy and Biomaterials Feedstock Production on Appalachian Reclaimed Mine Land. 2009 Powell River Project Research and Education Program Reports. 44-48.
  • Munsell, J.F., W. Worrell, and A.C. Lee. 2009. Monitoring the Health and Productivity of Powell River Project Forests with Special Emphasis on Sustaining High-Value and Biologically Diverse Reclamation Systems. 2009 Powell River Project Research and Education Program Reports. 107-111.
  • Munsell, J.F.and R.C. Vaughan. 2009. Agro-Forestry in the Peach State: Integrative Land Management to Enhance Productivity and Sustainability. Georgia Forestry Today. 5(5):12-15.
  • Munsell, J.F.2009. Book Review: Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water. Virginia Forests. Summer Edition. 13.
  • Munsell, J.F.2009. Principles and Prospects of Uneven-aged Silviculture in Virginia. Virginia Forests. Spring Edition. 9-12.
  • Vaughan, R.C. and J.F. Munsell. 2009. Temperate Agroforestry: Diversification for Profitable and Sustainable Land Management in the Commonwealth. Virginia Forests. Spring Edition. 4-8.
  • Brinckman, M.D. and J.F. Munsell. 2009. Mixed Multi-Scalar Methods to Assess Wood Biomass Availability on Family Forests in Virginia’s Southside. In: McWilliams, Will; Moisen, Gretchen; Czaplewski, Ray, comps. 2008. 2008 Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Symposium; October 21-23, 2008; Park City, UT. Proc. RMRS-P-56CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 1 CD.
  • Munsell, J.F.and J.L. Gagnon. 2009. Investing in Sustainable Forestry: A Pocket Guide for Virginia’s Landowners. Virginia Cooperative Extension Numbered Publication. 420-186. 11 p.
  • Gagnon, J.L. and J.F. Munsell. 2008. The Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program Announces the Release of its 6th Short Course: Investing in Sustainable Forestry. Engagement Matters. 1(4):11;13.
  • Munsell, J.F., J. Rockett, W. Worrell, and D. Whiteley. 2008. A working laboratory at the Powell River Project to research and promote sustainable forest management. 2008 Powell River Project Research and Education Program Reports. 58-60.
  • Murrill, S.B., Munsell. J.F., and D.A. Robertson. 2008. Forest Landcare: An Opportunity for Collaborative Forestry Extension. Evolving challenges and changing expectations for forestry extension and technology transfer: Meeting the needs of people and forests around the globe: popular summaries.  Smith, G. K. M. and L. J. Buse (Compilers) Mattawa and Ottawa, ON. Queen's Printer for Ontario. Ontario, Canada. 172, Vol. Forest Research Information Paper, 74 p.
  • Munsell. J.F.and J.L. Gagnon. 2008. Heritage Extension in Virginia: Merging Tourism with Technical Forest Management Education via the LEAF Program. Evolving challenges and changing expectations for forestry extension and technology transfer: Meeting the needs of people and forests around the globe: popular summaries.  Smith, G. K. M. and L. J. Buse (Compilers) Mattawa and Ottawa, ON. Queen's Printer for Ontario. Ontario, Canada. 172, Vol. Forest Research Information Paper, 74 p.
  • Munsell, J.F.2008. Peer-to-Peer Communication: One of Forestry Extension’s Most Important Mechanisms. Virginia Forest Landowner Update. 22(4):4.
  • Munsell, J.F.2008. The Montreal Process and Why it Matters in Virginia. Virginia Forests. Summer Edition. 13-17.
  • Munsell, J.F., M. Yancey, A.K. Downing, J. Rockett, and J. Gagnon. 2008. Heritage Extension in Virginia: Merging Tourism and Forestry Education in an Outdoor Setting. Virginia Forest Landowner Update. 22(2):5.
  • Munsell, J.F.2008. Wood-to-Energy in Virginia: Boon or Bane? Virginia Forest Landowner Update. 22(1):3.
  • Munsell, J.F.2007. Words Can Vary, But Not Our Principles – Thoughts From the New Forest Management Extension Specialist. Engagement Matters. 1(1):2.
  • Munsell, J.F.2004. What are Forestry Best Management Practices (BMP) SUNY-ESF Environmental Information Series.
  • Munsell, J.F.and R.H. Germain. 2001. In this case, talk is far from cheap: a landowner's role in extension and outreach. New York Forest Owner. 39(6):10-11.
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