Future Forests Webinar: Moving Forward: Responding to and Mitigating Effects of the Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak
The grand finale of the Future Forest Webinar series, held on December 11, 2012, discussed methods for responding to and mitigating effects of the mountain pine beetle outbreak. We covered management approaches and learned about the rapid assessment and response of the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest to the Mountain Pine Beetle outbreak.
PresentationsMoving Forward: What Did We Learn About Expected Future Forest Conditions After Widespread Mountain Pine Beetle Mortality?
Claudia Regan, Regional Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region
Using Information & Approaches to Frame Future Forest Management – Case Study
Barry Bollenbacher, Regional Silviculturist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Region
Mike Hillis, Senior Wildlife Ecologist, Ecosystem Research Group
Implementing a Rapid Assessment at the Forest-level
Rob Gump, Forest Silviculturist and Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Region, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Question and Answer Session
Ecosystem Research Group. 2010. Beaverhead-Deerlodge Rapid Assessment. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Rocky Mountain Research Station, TEAMS. November 30.
Scott, Joe; Helmbrecht Don. 2010. Wildfire threat to key resources on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. Prepared for the Beaverhead-Deerlodge Rapid Assessment, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Rocky Mountain Research Station, TEAMS. December 24.
Regional Silviculturist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Region, 200 East Broadway St, Missoula, MT, 59802. 406-329-3297. Email
Barry Bollenbacher is celebrating his 40th year with the Forest Service, over which time he has held various positions related to silviculture in the Northern Region. Barry has been a certified silviculturist since 1979, and has worked in his current position as Regional Silviculturist since 1992. Barry works closely with researchers from the Rocky Mountain Research Station and other organizations to help incorporate science into silviculture prescriptions, forest plans, and regional training programs. He played an instrumental role in implementing the Landscape Simulation Model SIMPPLE for landscape assessments in the Northern Region, and over the last year he led an effort to develop an Adaptive Management Research Framework with the Rocky Mountain Research Station. Barry graduated from Michigan State University in 1975 with a BS in Forestry with a Forest Ecology emphasis.
Forest Silviculturist and Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Region, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, 420 Barrett St, Dillon, MT, 59725. 406-683-3965. Email
Rob Gump is the Forest Silviculturist and Ecologist for the Beaverhead-Deerlodge, a position he’s held since 2008 as well as previously from 1990 to 1996. Rob has worked for the Forest Service for 27 years in the Northern and Pacific Northwest Regions. Rob was certified as a silviculturist in 1994, and he has been active with the fire and fuels management community for almost 30 years.
Senior Wildlife Ecologist, Ecosystem Research Group, 121 Hickory St, PO Box 8214, Missoula, MT, 59807. 406-721-9240. Email
Mike Hillis worked as a wildlife biologist for the Forest Service for 34 years, primarily in the Northern and Pacific Northwest Regions. He retired in 2003 and has since worked as a wildlife biologist for Ecosystem Research Group. Mike specializes in long-term, broad-scale modeling for species potentially at risk in the northern and central Rockies. He graduated from Oregon State University in 1970 with a B.S. in wildlife Biology. He has published papers on elk security and conducted numerous region-wide assessments on the current status of various species.
Regional Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, 740 Simms Street Building 53, Golden, CO, 80225. 303-275-5004. Email
Claudia is the Regional Ecologist with the Rocky Mountain Region of the Forest Service. She has her B.S. and M.S. in Forest Science from Southern Illinois University and a PhD in Ecology from Colorado State University. Claudia has worked with the agency as a full-time employee for 18 years and in temporary or seasonal capacities for 6 years. In her current capacity as the Regional Ecologist, she provides vegetation, ecosystem, and landscape ecology expertise to resource specialists on the forests and districts in the Rocky Mountain Region, and works closely with the Regional Forester and Regional Leadership Team. Regional Ecologists serve a unique position in the agency as applied scientists who bridge scientific research with resource management issues and work toward information synthesis, delivery, and application.