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Integrating climate change considerations into forest management tools and training

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2010

Publication

In: Jain, Theresa B.; Graham, Russell T.; Sandquist, Jonathan. Integrated management of carbon sequestration and biomass utilization opportunities in a changing climate: Proceedings of the 2009 National Silviculture Workshop; 2009 June 15-18; Boise, ID. Proceedings RMRS-P-61. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 27-35.

Abstract

Silviculturists are currently facing the challenge of developing management strategies that meet broad ecological and social considerations in spite of a high degree of uncertainty in future climatic conditions. Forest managers need state-of-the-art knowledge about climate change and potential impacts to facilitate development of silvicultural objectives and prescriptions that are flexible and enhance ecosystem resistance and resilience. Existing approaches also must be infused with adaptive techniques and strategies. We are working on a project that will help address these needs for forest management. Specifically, our objectives are to: (1) provide training on the ecological impacts of climate change to forestry professionals; (2) incorporate current understanding of species and forest responses to climate change into silvicultural strategies that meet management objectives while encouraging adaptation to changing climate conditions; (3) provide decision support tools to guide forest management planning under climate change; and (4) integrate climate change adaptation strategies into Forest Service silvicultural education and implementation. We describe the incorporation of training and tools from the larger project into the USDA Forest Service silviculture certification program, and report on lessons we have learned about the process attendant to the design and implementation of climate change training for land managers.

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Nagel, Linda M.; Swanston, Christopher W.; Janowiak, Maria K. 2010. Integrating climate change considerations into forest management tools and training. In: Jain, Theresa B.; Graham, Russell T.; Sandquist, Jonathan. Integrated management of carbon sequestration and biomass utilization opportunities in a changing climate: Proceedings of the 2009 National Silviculture Workshop; 2009 June 15-18; Boise, ID. Proceedings RMRS-P-61. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 27-35.

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