Public lands in the US Rocky Mountains provide critical ecosystem services, especially to rural communities that rely on these lands for fuel, food, water, and recreation. Climate change will likely affect the ability of these lands to provide ecosystem services. We describe 2 efforts to assess…
Keywords: adaptation, ecosystem management, mountain ecosystems, vulnerability assessment, USA, Sustainable Development Goals, Agenda 2030
Source: Mountain Research and Development. 37(3): 340-352.
For species that have no or limited information on genetic variation and adaptability to nonnative sites, there is a need for seed collection guidelines based on biological, climatological, and/or geographical criteria. Twenty-eight hardwood species are currently grown for reforestation purposes at…
Keywords: Hardwood, seed zone, adaptation, geographic information system, Tennessee
Source: Southern Journal of Applied Forestry 27(3):172-175
Height growth of tamarack; Siberian, European and Japanese larch; and hybrids between the European and Japanese larch were compared in an 8-year-old test in north-central Wisconsin. Hybrids were tallest and best reached 469 cm (15.4 feet) in mean height at age 8 years from seed. Hybrids exceeded…
Keywords: progeny tests, provenances, breeding strategies, adaptation
Source: Research Paper NC-239. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station
Eastern white pine provenances from the extreme limits of the natural range of this species are changing from above- and below-average stability to average stability for height growth with increasing age. The regression method is useful for evaluating the stability of provenance to planting sites.…
Keywords: Pinus strobus, provenances, adaptation
Source: Res. Pap. NE-703. Radnor, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Sevice, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 7 p
This pamphlet reports the recent scientific assessment that analyzed how future climate variablity and change may affect forests in the United States. The assessment, sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, and supported, in part, by the U.S Department of Energy, and the National Atmospheric and…
Keywords: climate, climatic, warming, environment, policy, water, impacts, adaptation, agriculture, water, health, forests, ecosystems, trees, fire, wildfire, insects, soils
Source: Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Global Change Program. One foldout color pamphlet.
Six of nine nonnative boreal conifers in three genera (Abies, Larix, and Pinus) regenerated in 11 to 31 years after they were introduced to mainland Alaska. Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta var. latifolia Engel.) and the Siberian larches (Larix sibirica…
Keywords: Alaska, nonnative conifers, adaptation, regeneration, colonization, growth rates, wood yields, animal damage
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-664. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 74 p
Adaptation is situated within multiple, interacting social, political, and economic forces. Adaptation pathways envision adaptation as a continual pathway of change and response embedded within this broader sociopolitical context. Pathways emphasize that current decisions are both informed by past…
Keywords: adaptation, adaptation pathways, governance, scale, uncertainty, USA
Source: Regional Environmental Change. 15: 669-682.
The North Cascadia Adaptation Partnership (NCAP) is a science-management partnership consisting of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Mount Baker-Snoqualmie and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests and Pacific Northwest Research Station; North Cascades National Park Complex; Mount…
Keywords: Access, adaptation, climate change, fire, forest ecosystems, fisheries, hydrology, North Cascade Range, North Cascadia Adaptation Partnership, roads, science-management partnership, vegetation, wildlife
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-892. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 279 p.
Assessment of potential climate change impacts on stream water temperature (Ts) across large scales remains challenging for resource managers because energy exchange processes between the atmosphere and the stream environment are complex and uncertain, and few long-term datasets are available to…
Keywords: stream temperature, climate variability/change, water quality, aquatic ecology, modelling, adaptation
Source: Hydrological Processes 29, 2196-2211 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
The catastrophic fires and tragic losses during the 2013 fire season have resulted in many discussions about fire management policies aimed at protecting communities and restoring fire-resilient forests from the growing incidence of severe wildfires. Forest Service scientist Alan Ager has been…
Keywords: climate change, adaptation, national forests, national parks, case study
Source: Science Findings 159. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 6 p.