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Forest ecosystem re-organization underway in the southwestern United States: A preview of widespread forest changes in the Anthropocene?

Publications Posted on: November 13, 2018
This paper addresses an important set of issues currently facing the forests of western North America - the intersection of 20th Century land use legacies and the emerging impacts of climate change on drought, forest stress, wildfire, and ecosystem change.

Comparisons between wildfire and forest harvesting and their implications in forest management

Documents and Media Posted on: October 03, 2018
Emulation silviculture is the use of silvicultural techniques that try to imitate natural disturbances such as wildfire. Emulation silviculture is becoming increasingly popular in Canada because it may help circumvent the political and environmental difficulties associated with intensive forest harvesting practices. In this review we summarize empirical evidence that illustrates disparities between forest harvesting and wildfire.Document Type: Other Documents

Summary and synthesis

Publications Posted on: September 19, 2014
America’s forests are undergoing changes unlike any seen before in human history.

Evolving the policy framework: Budget strategies, legislative authorities, and management strategies to facilitate federal forest adaptation and collaborative partnerships

Publications Posted on: September 19, 2014
Some of the greatest challenges to the management of federal forests in the Unites States result from inadequate public and private investment in proactive forest restoration projects. This situation has been exacerbated by the growing fiscal and logistical demands of wildfire suppression activities, which currently consume at least 40 percent of the U.S. Forest Service’s total budget.

Climate change: Wilderness's greatest challenge

Publications Posted on: September 19, 2014
Anthropogenic climatic change can no longer be considered an abstract possibility. It is here, its effects are already evident, and changes are expected to accelerate in coming decades, profoundly altering wilderness ecosystems.

Evolving institutional and policy frameworks to support adaptation strategies

Publications Posted on: September 19, 2014
Given the consequences and opportunities of the Anthropocene, what is our underlying theory or vision of successful adaptation? This essay discusses the building blocks of this theory, and how will we translate this theory into guiding principles for management and policy.

Policy challenges for wildlife management in a changing climate

Publications Posted on: September 19, 2014
Try as it might, wildlife management cannot make wild living things adapt to climate change. Management can, however, make adaptation more or less likely. Given that policy is a rule set for action, policy will play a critical role in society’s efforts to help wildlife cope with the challenge of climate change. To be effective, policy must provide clear goals and be based on a clear understanding of the problem it seeks to affect.

National Wildlife Refuges: Portals to conservation

Publications Posted on: September 19, 2014
Scientific uncertainty regarding the potential effects of climate change on natural ecosystems will make it increasingly challenging for the National Wildlife Refuge System to fulfill its mission to conserve wildlife and fish habitat across the diverse ecosystems of the United States. This is especially true in the contiguous 48 states, where 70 percent of the land and water resources are in private ownership.

Considerations for forest adaptation to climate change in sustainable production of wood/fiber/biomass and ecosystem services

Publications Posted on: September 19, 2014
Climate change is expected to affect forests into the future. Although forests have an inherent resiliency that allows them to adapt to various disturbances, including past climate change, concerns are expressed that the rate of change of current and future climate may be more rapid than the ability of many forests to adapt. This paper examines the background of forest challenges to natural disturbances.

Climate change effects on forests, water resources, and communities of the Delaware River Basin

Publications Posted on: September 19, 2014
The Delaware River provides drinking water to 5 percent of the United States, or approximately 16.2 million people living in 4 states, 42 counties, and over 800 municipalities. The more than 1.5 billion gallons withdrawn or diverted daily for drinking water is delivered by more than 140 purveyors, yet constitutes less than 20 percent of the average daily withdrawals.