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Managing Climate Change Risk in Forests:
How Can We Use Silviculture and Genetics to Minimize Potential Problems?

While debate swirls around us about the policies and politics of climate change, land managers must stay focused on our responsibility to maintain healthy and productive forests. Much of the discussion about forests and climate change has centered on carbon budgets and the possibilities of income from carbon credits. However, if projections by climatologists are accurate, forest landowners may have problems maintaining the health and productivity of their stands. The difficulty for land managers is that either under-reacting or over-reacting to the uncertainty about future climate can be disadvantageous—we need to strike a balance. This workshop takes a look at climate uncertainty in terms of managing risk. After an introduction to the scientific basis for climate projections and possible implications, speakers will focus on what techniques land managers should consider to maintain forest health and productivity in the face of uncertainty.

The workshop which was a joint initiative of the Taskforce on Adapting Forests to Climate Change and the Western Forestry and Conservation Association was held on November 12, 2008 in Portland, OR. Click on the workshop title to access talks presented at the workshop.

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We presented eight talks ranging from an overview of the scientific bases of climate change to silvicultural and genetic options for adaptation.

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