The TAFCC annual meeting was held at the Gifford Pinchot
National Forest Headquarters on July 31, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Members and guests discussed
business related to the Taskforce. The most important decisions from the meeting are:
- Industry participation is critical to the Taskforce
for gaining perspective from industry forestry within the region
in order to guide the project and set priorities for information
needs on options for forest management under various climate change
- According to participants, the most important issues
to gain knowledge from the Taskforce are:
- Seed source / seed transfer decision-support tools,
- Growth models which give projections as a basis for decision making,
- Climate models which are accessible to forest managers,
- Support for tree breeding decisions,
- Understanding of the biology of the species/provenance responses to climate change,
- Monitoring - how do we know whether changes are occuring?
- Projected changes in species composition,
- Links to other groups working on climate change-related issues to asses the effect of climate change
on forest pests, diseases and fires.
- The name of Advisory Committee was changed
to Executive Committee, whereas new members who would provide
advice to the
taskforce will form a new Advisory Committe.
- A lower-level
contribution of $2500 was established to increase industry particiption.
The acreage basis for this contribution will be decided by the Technical
and Executive Committees.
- The Taskforce brochure will
be ready in September and together with information at our website
will inform the general
public about the TAFCC and enlist new members and collaborators.
To find out more details read the minutes from the meeting.