Colorado State University, the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS), and the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station will be hosting a virtual climate change adaptation workshop for folks working on the ecology and management of spruce-fir forests. This workshop will be held virtually on December 8, 9 and 10, 2020.
This workshop is part of a project titled the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) Network, which is a collaborative effort between managers and scientists working to establish a series of experimental trials across a network of diverse forest ecosystem types throughout North America. Each trial is focused on understanding and evaluating management options designed to enable forests to respond to a changing climate. Site-specific treatments are developed according to local conditions and tailored to meet site-specific management objectives, while at the same time aligning under a common framework for answering questions about how different forest types will respond to future climate.
Our workshop focused on spruce-fir forests at the Colorado State Forest will serve three primary purposes:
- Engage local managers and scientists in the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) co-development framework through the co-creation of locally-relevant climate change adaptation strategies;
- Use an adaptive planning process to design specific climate change adaptation experimental treatments for a set of high-elevation spruce-fir stands that will be part of a long-term study to be implemented at the Colorado State Forest; and
- Develop specific management, research, and monitoring questions that can be addressed through the ASCC project.
We are inviting you to be part of an expert panel that will contribute directly to the treatment design process for this climate change adaptation study at the Colorado State Forest. Given the challenges with meeting in-person, we have designed a virtual workshop that will span three consecutive days. The workshop will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8, and will end midday on Thursday, December 10.
Additional questions about this workshop can be directed to:
The CO State Forest ASCC workshop is organized by the ASCC Network, NIACS, the Colorado State Forest Service, the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, and the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute.