How can we manage forests under a changing climate?
Forests are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Not only do trees respond to changing temperature and precipitation patterns, but these changes will also impact other forest ecosystem processes, like insects and diseases, nutrient and water cycling, and the frequency of disturbance events. But we can make management decisions that help bolster forest resilience to climate change.
For landowners interested in understanding the threats of climate change and ways to keep forests healthy, check out Keeping Your Woods Healthy Through the Years Ahead by NIACS, Vermont Woodlands Association, and FPR.
For managing ash under the threats of climate change and emerald ash borer, check out 10 Steps For Managing Ash for Landowners and 10 Steps For Managing Ash for Foresters.
For a comprehensive guide to managing Vermont's forest in a changing climate, see FPR's Creating and Maintaining Resilient Forests in Vermont: Adapting Forests to Climate Change.
For information on the impacts of climate change on the forest products supply chain, check out Climate Adaptations in the Northeast's Forest Products Supply Chain: A Vulnerability Assessment for the Primary Forest Products Sector and the associated toolkit, Northeastern Forest Products Supply Chain Climate Adaptation Toolkit.