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Vegetation Structure and Composition

Future Forests Webinar: Vegetation Structure and Composition

The second of the Future Forests Webinar Series, January 10, 2012, discusses future vegetation conditions following the mountain pine beetle outbreak.

The webinar focuses on "what is going on with recruitment and advanced regeneration in lodgepole pine forests following the outbreak?"; "how might the structure and composition of these stands develop into the future?"; and "how can management help increase landscape heterogenity in the coming decades?"

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Introduction
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Setting the Stage - Lodgepole Pine Forests Response to the Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic
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Jim Thinnes, Regional Silviculturist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region
Tom Martin, Assistant Director Renewable Resource Management, USDA Forest Service, Northern Region

Ecosystem Changes After Mountain Pine Beetle and Management
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Chuck Rhoades, Research Biogeochemist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
Mike Battaglia, Research Forester, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station

MPB Response - Post Treatment Natural Regeneration
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Jeff Underhill, Forest Timber Program Manager & Forest Silviculturist, USDA Forest Service, Pike & San Isabel National Forests
Mark Westfahl, Silviculturist and Safety Coordinator, USDA Forest Service, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests

Q and A Session
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Speaker Bios

Jim Thinnes

Jim Thinnes
Jim Thinnes

Regional Silviculturist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, 740 Simms Street, Golden, CO, 80401. 303-275-5016. Email

Jim has been the Regional Silviculturist for the Rocky Mountain Region of the Forest Service since 2005. He has 30 years of experience with the Forest Service in environmental planning, silviculture, timber management, hydrology, and wildland fire suppression. He is an SAF Certified Forester and received his degree in natural resource management from Ohio State University. He has much on-the-ground experience with the MPB outbreak owing to his time on the Pike & San Isabel National Forest and the White River National Forest.

Tom Martin

Assistant Director Renewable Resource Management, USDA Forest Service, Northern Region, 200 East Broadway Street, Missoula, MT, 59802. 406-329-3608. Email

Tom has worked with the Forest Service for over 35 years in timber management, silviculture, environmental analysis, and forest planning. He has dedicated most of his career to developing forest conditions that meet resource objectives, including the use of timber harvests as a tool to meet resource, social, and economic needs. In his current position, Tom oversees development and support for the Northern Regionís timber sale program. He graduated in 1978 with a B.S. in Forest Management, and he is a Certified Silviculturist.

Chuck Rhoades

Chuck Rhoades
Chuck Rhoades

Research Biogeochemist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 240 West Prospect Road, Fort Collins, CO, 80526. 970-498-1250. Email

Chuck has been a watershed researcher with the Rocky Mountain Research Station since 2003. He received his PhD in Forest Biogeochemistry and Soil Ecology from the University of Georgia. Chuckís research centers on the biogeochemical processes that regulate delivery of clean water and that sustain productive soils and forests. Much of his current research relates to the long-term effects of extensive pine bark beetle outbreaks and associated forest management activities.

Mike Battaglia

Mike Battaglia
Mike Battaglia

Research Forester, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 246 West Prospect Road, Fort Collins, CO, 80526. 970-498-1286. Email

Mike has worked with the Rocky Mountain Research Station since 2007 after graduating with his PhD in Forest Sciences from Colorado State University. He served as a Postdoctoral Ecologist with the Station before becoming a Research Forester and Scientist in Charge of the Black Hills Experimental Forest. Mike focuses his research on developing and implementing innovative management strategies that address forest restoration, fuels mitigation, and forest resilience across multiple spatial scales.

Jeff Underhill

Forest Timber Program Manager and Forest Silviculturist, USDA Forest Service, Pike & San Isabel National Forests, 2840 Kachina Drive, Pueblo, CO, 81008. 719-553-1513. Email

Jeff has five years of experience addressing the effects of the mountain pine beetle epidemic through his work on the Pike & San Isabel National Forests and previously on the Sulphur Ranger District of the Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests. Prior to coming to Colorado, he worked for the Forest Service on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Oregon and the Ashley National Forest in northeastern Utah and Wyoming. Jeff received his M.S. in Forestry from the University of Tennessee and his B.A. in History from Virginia Tech.

Mark Westfahl

Forest Timber Program Manager and Forest Silviculturist, USDA Forest Service, Pike & San Isabel National Forests, 2840 Kachina Drive, Pueblo, CO, 81008. 719-553-1513. Email

Mark has worked in timber management for the Forest Service for over 25 years, spending three seasons on the Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests before starting on the Parks Ranger District of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests. In his current position, he oversees timber management administration and sale preparation. He is a Certified Silviculturist and graduated from the University of Montana with a B.S. is Forest Resource Management.