Foresters, ecologists, and outreach specialists from the University of Connecticut, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and other southern New England institutions are partnering with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and Colorado State University to offer a virtual climate change adaptation workshop for folks working on the ecology and management of oak-hickory forests in Connecticut. This workshop will be held virtually on October 19, 20, and 21, 2020.
The 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 oak-hickory forests in the exurban landscapes of Connecticut 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 oak-hickory forest stands that will be part of a long-term study to be implemented at the Mohegan State Forest and University of Connecticut forests; and
- Develop specific management, research, and monitoring questions that can be addressed through the ASCC project.
Prior to the workshop, please review the following information and resources:
- Skim the Nagel et al. 2017 Journal of Forestry paper.
- Explore the ASCC website: www.adaptivesilviculture.org, specifically the Experimental Design page: https://www.adaptivesilviculture.org/experimental-design.
Additional questions about this workshop can be directed to:
Presentations from the workshop can be found here:
- Social-Ecological Ecosystem - Amanda Bunce, University of Connecticut
- SNE Oak Hickory Forests - Bob Fahey, University of Connecticut
- Silviculture Review - Thomas Worthley, University of Connecticut
- Climate Change & Oak Forests in SNE - Maria Janowiak, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
- Mohegan State Forest Overview - Dan Evans, CT DEEP
- ASCC at the Second College Grant - Tony D'Amato, The University of Vermont
- Designing Forest Adaptation Treatments at the Mohegan State Forest Through Scientist-Manager Partnerships - Courtney Peterson, Colorado State University, NIACS
This interactive, virtual ASCC workshop will be hosted and organized by the University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources; Colorado State University's Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department; and the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science.