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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

"Looking back to inform the future: retrospective assessments of adaptation and mitigation strategies for forest ecosystems in the upper Lake States and New England"

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 | 10:30 am

Developing strategies for addressing global change, including changing climatic regimes, invasive species, and changing land use, is the grand challenge to sustainable management and conservation of forests around the globe. Given the scales and timeframes over which forest systems are managed, the development of these strategies requires both a long-term perspective on forest response to change, as well as experiments at scales relevant to forest management and conservation. This presentation will discuss the findings of retrospective work based on tree-ring patterns and long-term data collections from natural and managed forests in the upper Great Lakes region to identify forest management strategies that have conferred the greatest levels of resistance and resilience to past stressors and their relevance in addressing future environmental change.