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    Author(s): Amanda Schramm; Rachel Loehman
    Date: 2011
    Source: Natural Resource Report NPS/NRSS/CCRP/NRR-2011/470. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Natural Resource Program Center. 33 p.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Description

    The Eastern Woodlands and Forests bioregion is an expansive area with a diversity of forest types and associated ecosystems. Changes that have already been observed within this bioregion include warmer average annual temperatures, earlier dates of runoff, a longer frost-free period, and a longer growing season. During the 21st Century, warmer temperatures and increased water stress may affect forest health by reducing the amount and distribution of suitable habitat. At the same time, these conditions may create suitable conditions for invasion of pests, pathogens, and exotic plant species. Climate changes may also affect wildlife species, including range shifts in mammals, birds, fish, and insects. Winter recreational activities may be altered by warmer winters with reduced snowfall, while autumn visitors will likely find that the fall foliage colors become less intense.

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    Citation

    Schramm, Amanda; Loehman, Rachel. 2011. Understanding the science of climate change: Talking points - Impacts to the Eastern Woodlands and Forests. Natural Resource Report NPS/NRSS/CCRP/NRR-2011/470. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Natural Resource Program Center. 33 p.

    Keywords

    climate change, impact, sustainability strategies, management plans, Eastern Woodlands and Forests

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