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An overview of some concepts, potentials, issues, and realities of assisted migration for climate change adaptation in forestsAuthor(s): Louis R. Iverson; Matthew P. Peters; Stephen Matthews; Anantha Prasad
Source: In: Browning, J.; Palacios, P., comps. Proceedings of the 60th Annual Western International Forest Disease Work Conference; 2012 Oct. 8-12; Tahoe City, CA. [Place of publisher unknown]: Western International Forest Disease Work Conference: 25-34.
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CitationIverson, Louis R.; Peters, Matthew P.; Matthews, Stephen; Prasad, Anantha. 2013. An overview of some concepts, potentials, issues, and realities of assisted migration for climate change adaptation in forests. In:Browning, J.; Palacios, P., comps. Proceedings of the 60th Annual Western International Forest Disease Work Conference; 2012 Oct. 8-12; Tahoe City, CA. [Place of publisher unknown]: Western International Forest Disease Work Conference: 25-34.
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