Webinar: Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change: A Scientist-Manager National Network

In this Climate Learning Network-ANREP Climate Science Initiative collaborative webinar, the first of 2018, Courtney Peterson, Research Associate in the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department at Colorado State University, discusses the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) project, a multi-region network of replicated sites testing ecosystem-specific climate change treatments across a gradient of adaptive approaches designed to translate three adaptive silver culture options, creating resistance, promoting resilience, and facilitating forests’ response to change, into on-the-ground, operational-scale research.

Date: Mar 1, 2018

Time: 3:00 pm US/Eastern

Forest managers in the United States must respond to the need for climate-adaptive strategies in the face of uncertain climatic change. However, before we can change the way we approach forest management for sustaining ecosystems, we must develop a better understanding of on-the-ground forest adaptation strategies and their effectiveness in preparing local forest ecosystems to accommodate climate change. Three common adaptive silviculture options discussed in the context of climate change are: creating resistance, promoting resilience, and facilitating forests’ response to change (i.e., transition). The Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) project was designed to translate these adaptation options into on-the-ground, operational-scale research through a multi-region network of replicated sites testing ecosystem-specific climate change treatments across a gradient of adaptive approaches. Here we highlight the key management and scientific questions we hope to address through this long-term silviculture research, the decision-making framework we employed to develop a suite of adaptation treatments for five contrasting forest types, a discussion of the variability in implementation of the adaptation treatments for each ASCC site, and the contributions and impacts of this collaborative, multi-region network of scientists and land managers.

About Courtney Peterson

Courtney Peterson is a Research Associate in the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. One of her major roles is to serve as the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) Coordinator, where she focuses on disseminating ASCC project findings and translating them into outreach and training opportunities with land managers and scientists working to manage forests for climate change adaptation. She has a BS in Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism with a concentration in Environmental Communication, and an MS in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, both from CSU.

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