WWETAC Projects

Project Title: An assessment of climate change impacts and adaptation options for National Forest genetic resources

Status: Ongoing

Principal Investigators: Vicky Erickson, USFS Pacific Northwest Region, Pendleton, OR; Brad St. Clair, USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station, Corvallis, OR

Collaborators: Glenn Howe, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR; Randy Johnson, USFS National Program Leader Climate Change (acting) and Genetics Research, Washington, D.C.; Matt Horning, USFS Pacific Northwest Region, Bend OR; Paul Berrang, USFS Eastern Region, Milwaukee, WI; Mary Mahalovich, USFS Northern, Rocky Mountain, Southwestern, and Intermountain Regions, Moscow, ID; Barb Crane, USFS Southern Region, Atlanta, GA; Tom Blush, USFS Pacific Southwest Region, Placerville, CA

E-mail Contact: Vicky Erickson, verickson[at]fs.fed.us

Summary: The objective of this project is to develop a white paper, fact sheet, and peer-reviewed publication describing (1) the potential effects of climate change and interacting stressors and threats on genetic resources in North American forests, (2) adaptive strategies and decision support tools for conserving, restoring, and managing forest genetic resources, and (3) National Forest genetic research and management needs for addressing predicted climate change impacts. This project builds on a March 2010 national workshop on climate change and forest genetic resource issues sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region and the Pacific Northwest Research Station.  The project will provide an overview of plant genetic adaptations to current climate, and discuss ongoing as well as potential future impacts of rapidly changing climate conditions on forest genetic resources.  Genetic research needs and management options for facilitating how plants respond and adapt to climate change will be summarized.  Information from the March workshop and follow-up interviews and literature reviews will be used to provide comparisons and contrasts among national forest landscapes in the western, southern, and northeastern United States.  The project will help inform resource specialists, scientists, land managers, and others about the potential effects of predicted climate change on National Forest genetic resources, and the information needs and investments required to develop appropriate management responses.

Genetic Resource Management Climate Change Workshop, March 3, 2010

Selected Presentations:

Responding to Climate Change: Genetic Options (Presentation, 5 MB) - Brad St. Clair, Glenn Howe, anc Vicky Erickson

A Spatially Explicit Assessment of Climate Change Genetic Risk to 200 Forest Tree Species (Presentation, 10 MB) - Kevin Potter, William Hargrove, and Frank Koch


Project ID: FY10TS80