About the TAFCC
The Taskforce on Adapting Forests to Climate Change (TAFCC) is
a group of scientists and land managers that are particularly interested
in understanding the potential effects of climate change on natural
and planted forests in the western U.S.
The Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change (IPCC) projects that global average surface
temperatures will raise during the 21st century. Furthermore, confidence
on regional-scale projections of changes in temperature, precipitation,
climatic extremes, wind patterns, and ice. Adaptability, which
refers to the ability of forest trees to tolerate abiotic and biotic
such as cold, drought, insects, disease, and fire, has both genetic
and environmental components which can be altered via forest management.
The genetic contribution can be influenced positively or negatively
depending on which seed source is used for reforestation, whereas
the environmental component can be altered by silvicultural treatments
such as thinning and fertilization.
Because populations of forest
trees are genetically adapted to their local climates, adaptability
may decline as climates change, whereas short-term productivity
may increase or decrease depending on location. Furthermore,
because climate change may increase fires, droughts, and pests,
in silvicultural prescriptions may be desirable. Key questions
in adapting forest management to changes in climate include (1)
will climate change affect the physiology and development of
western tree species?, (2) how will climate change affect the health
productivity of natural and planted forests?, and (3) to what
extent should forest management activities be altered in response
change? An overarching goal of this group is to consider these
questions in relation to forest tree genetics, tree breeding,
The mission of the Taskforce is to provide
public and private forest landowners with science-based management
options suitable for meeting diverse management objectives under
alternative climate change scenarios.
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