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Future Forests Webinar Series

Future Forests Webinar Series: October 2011 – December 2012

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The ongoing mountain pine beetle outbreak has infested over 17 million forested acres across 6 western states.

  • How will these forests recover in the coming years, decades, and century?
  • What will the impacts be on wildlife, recreation, and fire regimes?
  • What are potential futures for these forests where we work and play?

The Future Forests Webinar Series provides a forum for managers and scientists to jointly discuss research findings and management implications for post-outbreak forests. The concept for the Future Forest Webinar Series grew out of the work of the Rocky Mountain Research Station, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, and other partners in 2009 and 2010 to assess general information needs of managers regarding the bark beetle outbreak.

The series consists of six webinars from October 2011 through December 2012 with presentations by renowned managers and scientists from the USFS Rocky Mountain Region, Northern Region, Southwestern Region, and Rocky Mountain Research Station who have first-hand experience in beetle-killed forests. The webinars are open to anyone interested in post-beetle management and recovery efforts.

Month Webinar Presentations
October 18, 2011 Post-outbreak Fire Risk and Behavior Summary
January 10, 2012 Vegetation Structure and Composition Summary
March 6, 2012 Ecological Consequences of Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreaks Summary
August 28, 2012 Beetles Among Us: Social and Economic Impacts of the Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak
October 30, 2012 Small Bugs with Large-scale Impacts: Ecosystem & Watershed-level Responses to the Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak
December 11, 2012 Moving Forward: Responding to and Mitigating Effects of the Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak

The Future Forests Webinar Series is brought to you by the USFS Rocky Mountain Region and Rocky Mountain Research Station.