A virtual lecture presented by Dr. Clarke Knight, US Geological Survey (USGS)
Accurate monitoring of forest activity is an essential component of sustainable forest management, but effective monitoring is an ongoing challenge in forests globally. As in other temperate forests, California forests are threatened by climate-exacerbated disturbances that transcend administrative boundaries. Forest conversion and the loss of forests as natural climate solutions may result. In recognition of these possible outcomes, the USDA Forest Service (USFS) and State of California committed to treating 500,000 acres annually for a total of 1,000,000 acres per year by 2025. However, a key question remains: how close is the State to meeting the 1-million-acre goal? In this webinar, Dr. Knight highlights new findings on the State’s progress, the management implications of these results, and how accurate tracking methodology can be applied to new settings.
Bio: Dr. Clarke Knight is a postdoctoral researcher at the US Geological Survey (USGS) in Menlo Park, California. At the USGS, she is currently focused on producing well-dated, high-resolution reconstructions of past climate to understand climate variability in western North America, particularly extreme hydrologic events like atmospheric rivers. Clarke is also a recent graduate from UC Berkeley’s PhD program in Environmental Science where she conducted research about the historical ecology of California’s forests.