Webinar - The Southern California Montane Forests Project: A Climate-Informed Conservation Strategy


A virtual lecture presented by Sarah Hennessy, PhD and Megan Jennings, PhD

Southern California’s montane forests are “sky islands” of conifer and hardwood forests, sensitive species habitat, and important water catchments. These forests are facing rapidly intensifying stressors and disturbances that are exacerbated by climate change. The goal of the SoCal Montane Forests project is to advance our collective understanding of the vulnerabilities and challenges facing these forests and to identify opportunities and strategies for increasing forest resilience.

Through collaborative planning sessions, guided by stakeholder input, we are developing a scientific assessment and creating a conservation strategy for southern California’s montane forests. Products from this effort will include an adaptation menu, a planning framework that incorporates projections of future climate exposure, and a natural range of variation study. The project uses an all-lands approach to managing forestlands in a range of conditions, including postfire forest stands. In our talk, we will describe the unique ecology of the SoCal montane forests and provide an overview of our stakeholder-based planning process.

The SoCal Montane Forests project is a collaborative partnership among the Climate Science Alliance, US Forest Service Pacific SW Region, Institute for Ecological Monitoring and Management at San Diego State University, and the USGS Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center. Funding is provided by USGS Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center.

Dr. Sarah Hennessy is an Associate Ecologist for the U.S. Forest Service and coordinator for the Southern Montane Forests Project. In this capacity she serves the four National Forests in Southern California: the Cleveland, San Bernardino, Angeles, and Los Padres.

Dr. Megan Jennings is a Research Scientist at San Diego State University and is a member of the leadership group for the Project. Her research interests include refugia-based modeling for the primary vegetation types of Southern California, climate-adapted habitat connectivity planning, and the dynamics of habitat connectivity.

Watch recorded webinar on Youtube: https://youtu.be/2W_udd2pQJ8

Part of the 2022 FERAL (Forest Ecology Random Lectures) Lecture Series, sponsored by the California Fire Science Consortium and the Safford Lab at the University of California-Davis.

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Sep 29, 2022 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm



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