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Climatic change and assisted migration: Strategic options for forest and conservation nurseries


Williams, Mary I.; Dumroese, R. Kasten. 2013. Climatic change and assisted migration: Strategic options for forest and conservation nurseries. Forest Nursery Notes. 33(2): 33-35.

In light of current studies (for example, Gray and Hamann 2012; Zhu and others 2012) that show climate will change faster than plants can adapt or migrate naturally, it begs the question, "What does this mean for forestry, specifically forest and conservation nurseries?" Growing trees that just survive may become more important than promoting fast growth rates for superior genetics (Hebda 2008). In a recent survey of state and commercial nurseries in the US, most state nurseries have not explored how changes in climate will impact their abilities to select, produce, and provide trees that are suitable to projected climatic conditions (Tepe and Meretsky 2011).

Keywords: climate change, conservation, growth rates


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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Climatic change and assisted migration: Strategic options for forest and conservation nurseries
Electronic Publish Date: July 19, 2013
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