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Reshaping Great Lakes pine forests: Adapting to drought and climate change

Cover image for Research ReviewThe red pine forests of the western Great Lakes region aren't what they used to be.
For a century, scientists and foresters have viewed these forests as structurally simple, single-cohort stands of red pine (Pinus resinosa) originating after stand-replacement fires. Forest managers emulated this perceived model in their management and have long grown even-aged red pine plantations.
But after a century of this approach, along with fire suppression and a changing climate, these forests are showing signs of stress. The climate is warming, and forests are suffering from more frequent short-term droughts, potentially endangering the livelihoods of local communities dependent on a robust forest products industry, as well as local cultural values and many regional wildlife and plant species that depend on healthy, resilient forests.

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Andrea Brandon, Science Delivery Specialist
Communications & Science Delivery
USDA Forest Service - Northern Research Station

Last modified: 10/22/2020