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Book Published to Help Managers of Southern Forests Cope with the Effects of Climate Change

Photo of A new book provides land managers and policy makers with key information about the potential impacts of climate change on southern forest ecosystems. Sarah Farmer, USDA Forest ServiceA new book provides land managers and policy makers with key information about the potential impacts of climate change on southern forest ecosystems. Sarah Farmer, USDA Forest ServiceSnapshot : Resource managers and policy makers require new insights into the implications of a rapidly changing climate on forest ecosystems and their values, and new approaches to managing natural resources in response to climate change. A new book blends forest management, forest ecology, forest hydrology, wildlife and fisheries sciences, social and economic sciences, climate change, and modeling expertise, to provide science-based management options that can be applied and tested on the ground. It is the only integrated science-based analysis and description of management options available to natural resource managers, policy makers, and scientists for southern forests.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Vose, James 
Research Location : Raleigh, NC
Research Station : Southern Research Station (SRS)
Year : 2014
Highlight ID : 734

Summary

Land managers on both public and private land ownerships face challenges of how to manage today's forests to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of current and future climate change. To address this challenge, the Center for Integrated Forest Science at the Forest Service's Southern Research Station led efforts for the book "Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Management Options: A Guide for Natural Resource Managers in Southern Forest Ecosystems," published by CRC Press. A key premise is that forests can be managed to ensure sustainability of southern forest ecosystems and their values under climate change, which requires combining interdisciplinary scientific knowledge on how forests have responded to climate variability in the past, with new ideas about how forest management can shape how they will respond to climate in the future. The book blends forest management, forest ecology, forest hydrology, wildlife and fisheries sciences, social and economic sciences, climate change, and modeling expertise. It provides land managers and policy makers with a solid understanding of the potential impacts of climate change on southern forest ecosystems and an array of management options that can be implemented to increase forest ecosystem resistance and resilience to climate change.

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Book(external web site)