A Strategy For Managing Forest Adaptation To Climate Change With A Case Study Of Aspen And Spruce In Southwestern Colorado
Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 12:00 p.m.(MT)
Speaker: Jim Worrall, USFS, Colorado Forest Health Protection, Gunnison Field Office
A review of sudden aspen decline will illustrate anticipated impacts of climate change on forests. Bioclimate modeling will be briefly introduced as a means of approximately quantifying and mapping those impacts. These models, optimized for a local planning area such as a national forest, can be used as part of a practical strategy of adapting forests to climate change, allocating treatments where they will be most efficient and effective into the foreseeable future. A case study of aspen and spruce in southwestern Colorado will illustrate the strategy.