Caring for Forests

Climate, Forests and Woodlands March 22, 2011 Print Friendly and PDF

Caring for Forests in Light of a Changing Climate

Written by Chris Jones, University of Arizona

The research is clear: The earth’s climate is changing. Forest and woodland owners, managers, and loggers, as well as the general public all have a stake in sustainably managed forests and woodlands. Consequently, we should consider how we manage our forests and woodlands in the context of climate change. Some recent large- and small-scale forest health problems are likely due in part to changing climate. For instance, recent pine bark beetle outbreaks in the intermountain west may be partially due to milder winters. Many of us have observed changes in our landscapes, vegetation, insect and wildlife populations, including the massive wildfires and pine bark beetle outbreaks in the western states and western Canada at the beginning of this century. To interpret these changes and prepare for other possible consequences of climate change on forests and woodlands, owners and managers require the best available information. This section includes practical information to help forest and woodland owners and managers anticipate and respond to climate-change effects on forests and woodlands. The information herein is based on sound forest management principles and practices with a focus on the flexibility needed to adapt to changing climate conditions. Specific topics include:

  • Adaptation strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Economic
  • Silvicultural practices

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