Sponsored by the US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region and the California Fire Science Consortium
Chaparral vegetation dominates much of California, and there is growing appreciation of its ecological importance and its role in providing vital ecosystem services. At the same time, chaparral landscapes in California are increasingly under threat from regional and global pressures including rising human populations and expanding cityscapes, warming temperatures and multiyear droughts, air pollution, and progressively more frequent fire. We build on the topics of the first symposium (Chaparral Restoration in 2013) and the second symposium (the Ecological Value of Chaparral in 2015), and this year focus on the ecological vulnerability of chaparral landscapes, and what managers might do to promote chaparral persistence and resilience in the face of environmental change.
The first two days of the symposium (May 14 and May 15) will be dedicated to a set of engaging presentations by regional and national experts on chaparral vulnerability in the context of regional and global environmental threats and related management and scientific topics. The morning of May 16 (Wednesday), a new ecosystem service assessment tool developed by a joint USFS-UC-USGS-Michigan State University team will be presented. The online tool can be used to provide economic values for carbon, surface water runoff and groundwater recharge, sediment retention, recreation, and other services and includes modules to assess the effects of wildfires, climate change, and management actions on these services. The symposium will conclude (May 16 afternoon) with a field trip to a chaparral site in the San Gabriel National Monument.
Attendance is free. An agenda is being developed and should be available by early 2018. Registration will be open January 2018.