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Forest Disturbance Processes

Forest Management for an Uncertain Climate Future: Tools and Training

[photo:] Northern Michigan forest landscape with snowcover and water in distance.Research Issue

Land managers need specific information, strategies, and tools to address the unique challenges of managing forests under uncertain and changing climate and ecosystem response. Sustainable forest management is critical for both the adaptation of forests to changing climatic conditions as well as mitigation of increased levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases. The uncertainty of future climatic conditions necessitates adaptive techniques and strategies that provide flexibility and enhance ecosystem resistance and resilience.

Expected Outcomes

To help address these needs in the Lake States and Northeast, we will provide several interconnected activities and products: (1) educational materials about climate change and ecosystem response; (2) a silviculture workshop designed to develop management strategies under different climate scenarios; (3) decision support tools based on recommendations from the silviculture workshop; (4) advanced training seminars on climate change science, forest ecosystem responses, and the use of the decision support tools from the workshop; (5) print and web-based media to disseminate the tools and educational materials; and (6) development of a climate change module for the USFS National Advanced Silviculture Program.

Research Results

Results are available on the Northern Institute of Applied Carbon Science project website.


Research Participants

Principal Investigators

  • Chris Swanston, US Forest Service- Northern Research Station- Research Ecologist
  • Brian Palik, US Forest Service- Northern Research Station- Research Ecologist
  • Mark Twery, US Forest Service- Northern Research Station - Project Leader/Supervisory Research Forester
  • John Bradford, US Forest Service- Northern Research Station - Research Ecologist
  • Linda Parker, USFS Eastern Region - Forest Ecologist, Chequamegon-Nicolet
  • Andrea Hille, USFS Eastern Region - Assistant Forest Silviculturist, Allegheny
  • Sheela Doshi, USFS Eastern Region - Biological Scientist
  • Maria Janowiak, Northern Institute of Applied Carbon Science - Research/Outreach Scientist
  • Linda Nagel, Michigan Technological University -m Associate Professor
  • Chris Webster,Michigan Technological University - Associate Professor

 

Last Modified: 07/24/2009