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The Cross Pollinator

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The Cross-Pollinator is a science synthesis publication co-produced quarterly by the Urban Field Station Network and the Urban Forest Technology and Science Delivery Team. It spotlights interdisciplinary collaborations among researchers and practitioners that “cross” forest research with urban and community forests.

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Issue 2

Planting for the Future: Managing Urban Forests for Climate Change

Scientists and managers are working together through an effort called Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC). This framework, primarily implemented in rural areas, is now being applied to an area along the Mississippi River National Recreation Area in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area. The project involves test plots for alternative climate change strategies in an urban floodplain forest and is designed to provide a degree of real-time feedback to managers to ensure that the forests along the river continue to provide important services as the climate changes.

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Research Papers

  • Askew, Ashley E.; Bowker, J.M.; 2018. Impacts of climate change on outdoor recreation participation: Outlook to 2060. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration .
  • Brandt, L.A.; Sertle, M.; Hamilton, H.; Deaton, C.; Mangan, K. [et al.]. 2020. Adapting bottomland hardwood forests to a changing climate. In: Pile, L.S.; [et al.], comps. The 2019 National Silviculture Workshop: a focus on forest management-research partnerships. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-193. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 159-162.
  • Brandt, L.; Derby Lewis, A.; Fahey, R.; Scott, L.; Darling, L.; Swanston, C. 2016. A framework for adapting urban forests to climate change. Environmental Science & Policy. 66: 393-402.
  • Hammes, M. C., Brandt, L., Nagel, L., Peterson, C., Windmuller-Campione, M., & Montgomery, R. A. (2020). Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, an Urban National Park in the Twin Cities Area, Minnesota. Cities and the Environment (CATE), 13(1), 11.
  • Iverson, L.R.; Peters, M.P.; Prasad, A.M.; Matthews, S.N. 2019. Analysis of climate change impacts on tree species of the eastern US: results of DISTRIB-II modeling. Forests. 10(4): 302.
  • Looney, C.E.; Peterson, C.L.; Nagel, L.M.; Guldin, J.M.; Swanston, C.W. [et al.] 2020. Adaptive silviculture for climate change network: learning from land manager-research partnerships. In: Pile, L.S. [et al.], comps. The 2019 National Silviculture Workshop: a focus on forest management-research partnerships. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-193. Madison,WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 112-114.
  • Looney, C.E.; D’Amato, A.W.; Palik, B.J.; Slesak, R.A. 2015. Overstory treatment and planting season affect survival of replacement tree species in emerald ash borer threatened Fraxinus nigra forests in Minnesota, USA. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 45(12): 1728-1738.
  • McPherson, E. Gregory; Berry, Alison M.; van Doorn, Natalie S.; Downer, James; Hartin, Janet; Haver, Darren; Teach, Erika. 2019. Climate-ready tree study: update for Southern California communities. Western Arborist. 
  • Moser, W. Keith; Butler-Leopold, Patricia; Hausman, Constance; Iverson, Louise; Ontl, Todd; Brandt, Leslie; Matthews, Stephen; Peters, Matthew; Prasad, Anantha. 2020. The impact of climate change on forest systems in the northern United States: Projections and implications for forest management [Chapter 8]. In: Stanturf, John A., ed. Achieving sustainable management of boreal and temperate forests.
  • Nagel, L.M.; Palik, B.J.; Battaglia, M.A.; D’Amato, A.W.; Guldin, J.M. [et al.]. 2017. Adaptive silviculture for climate change: a national experiment in manager-scientist partnerships to apply an adaptation framework. Journal of Forestry. 115(3): 167-178.
  • Swanston, C.W.; Janowiak, M.K.; Brandt, L.A.; Butler, P.R.; Handler, S.D. [et al.]. 2016. Forest adaptation resources: climate change tools and approaches for land managers, 2nd ed. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-GTR-87-2. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 161 p.

Past Issues

Issue 1. Natural turned national infrastructure: Urban forest patches in the 21st century