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  Mary Frances Mahalovich

  Regional Geneticist, Northern, Rocky Mountain, Southwestern, and Intermountain Regions
  c/o Rocky Mountain Research Station
  1221 South Main Street
  Moscow, ID 83843

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Mary Frances is responsible for tree improvement programs in white pine, whitebark pine, western larch, ponderosa pine, Engelmann spruce, Douglas-fir, and lodgepole pine in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. She also serves as primary USFS contact for the Inland Empire Tree Improvement Cooperative. In addition to the selective breeding programs, she assists personnel in the field in locating suitable seed sources for restoration efforts when tree improvement seed isn't available, and is active in developing seed transfer guidelines for native plants programs.
Professional Affiliations:
Society of American Foresters 1983 to Present
American Society of Mining and Reclamation 2002 to Present
B.S. -- Forest Management, Northern Arizona University (1983)
M.S. -- Wildland Resource Science/Forest Genetics, University of California, Berkeley (1985)
PhD. -- Forest Resources/Genetics, North Carolina State University (1990)
Selected publications
Mahalovich, M.F. 1993. "Genetic gap analysis": an approach to conserving genetic diversity. Natural Areas Journal 13(1):42.43.

Mahalovich, M.F. 1993. NATGEN: an applications of genetic principles to natural regeneration. In: Proc. 22nd So. For. Tree Impr. Conf., Atlanta, GA. p 214.221.

Mahalovich, M.F. 1995. The role of genetics in improving forest health. In: Proc. National Silviculture Workshop, May 8-11, 1995, Mescalero, NM. USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Fort Collins, CO, General Technical Report 267, p 200-207.

DeWald, L.E., Mahalovich, M.F. 1997. The role of forest genetics in managing ecosystems. Journal of Forestry 95(4):12-16.

Mahalovich, M.F. 1998. Communicating the role of genetics in management. In: Proc. National Silviculture Workshop, May 19-22, 1997, Warren, PA. USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, General Technical Report NE-238, p 58-64.

Fins, L., Byler, J., Ferguson, D., Harvey, A., Mahalovich, M. F., McDonald, G., Miller, D., Schwandt, J., and Zack, A. 2001. Return of the giants. University of Idaho College of Natural Resources, Station Bulletin 72.

Mahalovich, M.F., Dickerson, G.A. 2004. Whitebark pine genetic restoration program for the Intermountain West (United States). In: Sniezko, R.A., Samman, S.; Schlarbaum, S,E.; Scott, E.; Kriebel, H.B., eds. Breeding and genetic resources of five-needle pines: growth, adaptability and pest resistance. 2001 July 23-27; Medford, OR, USA. IUFRO Working Party 2.02.15 Prooceddings RMRS-P-32. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, p 181-187.

Mahalovich, M.F., McArthur, E.D. 2004. Sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) Seed and Plant Transfer Guidelines. Native Plants Journal.

Mahalovich, M.F., Burr, K.E. and Foushee, D.L. 2006. Whitebark pine germination, rust resistance and cold hardiness among seed sources in the Inland Northwest: Planting Strategies for Restoration. In: National Proceedings: Forest and Conservation Nursery Association; 2005 July 18-20; Park City, UT, USA. Proceedings RMRS-P-43. Fort Collins, CO: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station: 91-101.


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