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Webinar: How Might Climate Change Affect Forest Growth and What Can We Do About It?

The Forestry Adaptation Community of Practice (FACoP) is pleased to announce the following webinar:

How Might Climate Change Affect Forest Growth and What Can We Do About It?

Tuesday, November 7
1:00-2:00 pm EST
Presenter: Caren Dymond (Forest Carbon and Climate Change Researcher, Government of British Columbia)

In this webinar, Caren will discuss the results of two different projects:

Part 1: Contrasting Climate Change Impacts in Temperate Forests of Northwestern British Columbia
Management of forests may be able to increase carbon sinks or reduce emissions; however, those efforts may be negated by climate change impacts. This project simulated four productivity scenarios for the Copper-Pine Creek valley, west of Smithers, British Columbia. The coldest ecoregions were projected to be carbon sinks, but the warmest are at risk of becoming carbon sources to the atmosphere. Effects varied among species and site conditions, indicating that both of these factors need to be considered in forest planning.

Part 2: Testing Novel Planting Regimes to Adapt and Mitigate Climate Change
Climate change is projected to increase the risks to forest ecosystems and their dependent communities and industries for the Copper-Pine Creek valley. In this study, we asked if novel tree planting regimes, including a diversification regime, could increase carbon sinks, harvest rates, and species diversity under different climate scenarios. We found that planting a mix of alternative tree species was generally superior to the stocking standards in increasing the resilience of the forests. Given the wide range of future climate projections, planting a mix of species likely created a bet-hedging effect, where no matter what the future climate conditions, there were species on the landscape that could grow well.

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