Forest-to-Faucet Partnership: University of Massachusetts Amherst/U.S. Forest Service

Paul BartenPaul K. Barten, Ph.D.


Paul K. Barten is Professor of Forest Resources at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (1997-present) and Director of the Forest-to-Faucet Partnership.

Dr. Barten earned a Ph.D. (1988) and M.S. (1985) in forest hydrology and watershed management at the University of Minnesota with a minor in water resources engineering. A native of the Catskill Mountain region, he holds undergraduate degrees in forestry from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (B.S. 1983) and the New York State Ranger School at Wanakena (A.A.S. 1977) and in biology from Ulster County Community College, Stone Ridge, NY (A.A. 1981). Dr. Barten was a Bullard Fellow in Forest Research at the Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts (2003-04). He was a faculty member at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies from 1988 to 1997. He also worked as a land surveyor in New York and Minnesota and served on active and reserve duty in the U.S. Army (1978-85).

Dr. Barten teaches a second-year undergraduate course and Honors Colloquium (Forests & People), three graduate courses (Land Use and Watershed Management, Forest and Wetland Hydrology, and Cree Culture, Natural Resources, and Sustainability), and the capstone course for forest conservation seniors and M.S. students (Forest Resources Management). His research, technology transfer, and service work focuses on forest hydrology and all aspects of watershed forest management in the eastern United States and in the boreal forest region of Canada.

Dr. Barten recently served as chairman of the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on the Hydrologic Impacts of Forest Management. Earlier, he was a member of the NRC Committee to review New York City's Watershed Management Strategy (1997-2000) and NRC Committee on Conservation of Atlantic Salmon in Maine (2001-04). He served as a scientist-at-large on the Research Planning Committee (2003-10) of the Sustainable Forest Management Network in Canada and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Great Mountain Forest in Norfolk, Connecticut (1991 to 2008; now ex officio and serving as Executive Director). In Massachusetts, Dr. Barten is chairman of the Division of Water Supply Protection Science and Technical Advisory Committee and a member of the Massachusetts Woodlands Cooperative Resource Group (1999 to present). Earlier, he served on the Massachusetts Forester Licensing Board (2001-2004) and the Massachusetts Forestry Committee (chairman, 2005-2007).