First Friday All Climate Change Talks (FFACCTS) are a monthly webinar series organized by the USDA Climate Hubs and Forest Service Research and Development.
Presenter: Mike Battaglia - Research Forester, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort Collins, CO
The uncertainty of forest ecosystem response to a changing climate requires forest managers to attempt various adaptation strategies for managing forests. Adaptation strategies can be based on multiple lines of evidence such as past observations of forest responses including long-term research and dendrochronological studies or new research. Across various forest types in Colorado, several on-the-ground forest adaptation research studies are being established to aid forest managers in understanding which adaptation measures or tactics might be effective in preparing forest ecosystems to deal with climate change. These projects range from ones developed locally with National Forest staff to more formalized collaborative framework involving scientists, forest managers, and stakeholders. These projects include 3 installations of the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) network that are being planned and implemented in dry mixed conifer, lodgepole pine, and spruce-fir forest types. Within each ASCC study site, three adaptation treatments are developed to demonstrate a gradient of accommodating change: Resistance, Resilience, and Transition. These various studies will contribute to the broad understanding of adaptive management strategies designed to address the uncertainty of climate change across the network of sites, while testing site-specific effects on forest resiliency to increased wildfire potential, drought, disease, insects, and other disturbance factors relevant to the current forest type.