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RMRS-P-70: Future Forests Webinar Series, Webinar Proceedings and Summary: Ongoing Research and Management Responses to the Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak

Citation: Matonis, M., R. Hubbard, K. Gebert, B. Hahn, S. Miller, and C. Regan. 2014. Future Forests Webinar Series, Webinar Proceedings and Summary: Ongoing Research and Management Responses to the Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak. Proceedings RMRS-P-70. USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort Collins, CO. 80 p.

Abstract: The Future Forest Webinar Series facilitated dialogue between scientists and managers about the challenges and opportunities created by the mountain pine beetle (MPB) epidemic. The series consisted of six webinar facilitated by the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, the Northern and Rocky Mountain Regions, and the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute. The series ran from October 2011 to December 2012 and covered a variety of topics related to the MPB epidemic: potential fire risk and behavior, current and future vegetation conditions, wildlife habitats and populations, social and economic considerations, ecosystem- and watershed-level changes, and management responses. The purpose of these proceedings is to relate information shared during the webinar series (rather than to summarize all available research on implications of the MPB epidemic). These proceedings represent a snapshot of relevant scientific and management concerns related to this epidemic. In the coming decades, additional research and lessons learned by managers will continue to deepen and broaden our understanding of the future of post-epidemic forests.

Keywords: mountain pine beetle, lodgepole pine, forest change, socio-economic impacts, wildlife habitat

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Chapter 1 - Overview of the Future Forest Webinar Series
Sarah Hines and Megan Matonis
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Chapter 2 - Webinar summary: Important findings for managers
Claudia Regan
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Chapter 3 - Post-epidemic fire risk and behavior
Russ Parsons, Matt Jolly, Paul Langowski, Megan Matonis, and Sue Miller
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Chapter 4 - Forests in transition: Post-epidemic vegetation conditions
Rob Hubbard, Michael Battaglia, Chuck Rhoades, Jim Thinnes, Tom Martin, Jeff
Underhill, and Mark Westfahl
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Chapter 5 - Ecological consequences of the MPB epidemic for habitats and populations of wildlife
Beth Hahn, Vicki Saab, Barbara Bentz, Rachel Loehman, and Bob Keane
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Chapter 6 - Beetles among us: Social and economic impacts of the MPB epidemic
Krista Gebert, Greg Jones, Patty Champ, Mike Czaja, Chuck Oliver, Paul E. Cruz, and
Jessica Clement
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Chapter 7 - Small bugs with big impacts: Ecosystem and watershed-level responses to the MPB epidemic
Rob Hubbard, Kelly Elder, Chuck Rhoades, Polly Hays, and Bruce Sims
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Chapter 8 - Moving forward: Responding to and mitigating effects of the MPB epidemic
Claudia Regan, Barry Bollenbacher, Rob Gump, and Mike Hillis
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Appendix A. Scientific names of insect, plant, animal, and fungi
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USDA Forest Service - Rocky Mountain Research Station Publications
Publish Date: June 16, 2014
Last Modified: June 16, 2014

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