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Assisted migration: What it means to nursery managers and tree plantersAuthor(s): Mary I. Williams; R. Kasten Dumroese
Source: Tree Planters' Notes. 57(1): 21-26.
Publication Series: Magazines or Trade Publications
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionProjections indicate that natural plant adaptation and migration may not keep pace with climate changes. This mismatch in rates will pose significant challenges for practitioners that select, grow, and outplant native tree species. Populations of native tree species planted today must be able to meet the climatic challenges they will face during this century. One strategy to meet this challenge is assisted migration, the intentional movement of plant materials in response to climate change to maximize survival and curtail maladaptation. For successful assisted migration, climate changes will need to be met by changes in ethical, legal, political, and economical paradigms, as well as with the way foresters view seed transfer guidelines. We review and explore assisted migration as an adaptation strategy, discuss the role of nurseries, present some working examples, and provide tools and resources for consultation.
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CitationWilliams, Mary I.; Dumroese, R. Kasten. 2014. Assisted migration: What it means to nursery managers and tree planters. Tree Planters' Notes. 57(1): 21-26.
Keywordsassisted migration, climate change
- Planning the future's forests with assisted migration
- Growing assisted migration: Synthesis of a climate change adaptation strategy
- Foundational literature for moving native plant materials in changing climates
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