USDA Forest Service

Pacific Northwest Research Station

Pacific Northwest Research Station
1220 SW 3rd Ave.
Portland, OR 97204

(503) 808-2100

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DRAFT --  The ecology and management of moist mixed-conifer forests in eastern Oregon and Washington: a synthesis of the relevant biophysical science and implications for future land management (Stine et al, PNW-GTR-XXX, In Press, 2014)

Understanding complex ecological and social processes and functions across landscapes requires an integrated assessment that combines multiple scientific disciplines across spatial and temporal scales. This science synthesis compiles existing research, makes connections across disparate sources, and addresses multilayered natural resource issues. This synthesis provides a condensed and integrated understanding of the current state of knowledge about moist mixed-conifer forests as well as an extensive list of published sources for further information.  This report can be used to  assist land managers in updating existing land management plans and on-the-ground projects intended to promote resilience in moist mixed-conifer forests.

This draft manuscript is in press and is expected to be published in 2014.

Contact:  Peter Stine,

In Pendleton July 1-2, 2014,  a Moist Mixed-Conifer Synthesis Meeting and Field Trip was held to bring together scientists, technical specialists, forest collaboratives, and policy-makers to discuss management strategies for eastside moist-mixed conifer forests with the following focus:



  • Review the latest research findings on moist mixed-conifer forests from Pacific Northwest Research Station’s “Science Synthesis” (in press), and provide opportunities for meeting and field trip participants to ask questions.
  • Further communications between science and management regarding possible uses for the synthesis product.
  • Identify next steps to further integrate moist mixed-conifer findings into Blue Mountains Plan Revision and moist-forest restoration efforts at the local level.

Meeting Agenda & Presentations


12:30pm    Welcome and Objectives of Meeting (John Laurence, Forest Supervisor, Paul Anderson, PNW Station)
12:35 – 12:40pm   Overview of Agenda and Field Trip (Becky Gravenmier, PNW/R6)
12:40 – 12:50pm   Moist Mixed Conifer Synthesis Purpose (Peter Stine, PSW Station)
12:50 – 1:20pm   Defining Moist Mixed Conifers (Tom Spies, PNW Station)
Scientific Panel Presentations:  (Panel Moderator: Dave Powell, Umatilla NF)
Panel members: Peter Stine, Tom Spies, Paul Hessburg, Peter Singleton, Susan Charnley, Marc Kramer,  Karl Polivka
1:10- 1:15pm   Overview of Panel and Challenges to Managing Moist Mixed Conifer Forests (Dave Powell, Umatilla NF)
1:15 – 1:40pm   Summary of Key Findings & Management Implications from Moist Mixed Conifer Synthesis (Tom Spies, PNW Station)
1:40 – 2:05pm    Role of climate on moist mixed conifer forests (Marc Kramer, Univ of FL)
2:05 – 2:25pm     Break
2:25 – 2:50pm    Landscape perspective and implications (Paul Hessburg, PNW Station)
2:50- 3:15pm   Wildlife and moist mixed-conifer forests (Peter Singleton, PNW Station)
3:15 – 3: 40pm   Aquatic systems and moist mixed conifer forests (Karl Polivka, PNW Station)
3:40 – 4:05pm   Socio-economic implications of mixed-conifer management (Susan Charnley, PNW Station)
4:05 - 4:35pm     Q&A with Panel (Facilitator: Dave Powell, Umatilla NF)
4:35 – 4:55pm   Follow-up actions and priorities (Facilitator: Becky Gravenmier, PNW/R6)  
5:00 PM   Adjourn

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