Climate Adaptation Strategies for Pacific Northwest Forests
What Natural Resource Professionals and Land Managers Need to Know
Climate change poses significant challenges for small forest owners in the Northwest. NNRG is hosting this workshop to help foresters and other land managers consider climate adaptation concepts and strategies in their management practices to meet their clients’ goals and sustain forests into the future.
There are many actions land managers can take to improve a forest’s resilience to climate change. Most management strategies and tactics that help forests adapt to and become resilient to climate change are already commonly used practices and familiar silvicultural techniques. A changing climate just makes proactive forest management that much more important.
Join us for an all-day workshop to enhance your understanding of:
- climate change projections for the Pacific Northwest
- likely effects on forest ecosystems in western Oregon and Washington
- adaptation approaches and tactics
- tools to inform management decisions
- resources to refer to and share with clients
- practice thinking through adaptation strategies
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Holly Prendeville | Coordinator, USDA Northwest Climate Hub
Kirk Hanson | Director of Forestry, Northwest Natural Resource Group
Brad St. Clair | Research Geneticist, US Forest Service, Pacific Northwest
Christine Buhl | Forest Entomologist, Oregon Department of Forestry
Matt Reilly | Forest Ecologist, Researcher, Humboldt State University
Derek Churchill | Forest Ecologist & Silviculturalist, University of Washington
Additional speakers will be confirmed in the coming months.
Early registration by November 3rd: $75
Registration after November 3rd: $95
Registration fees help offset the workshop costs. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Space is limited – please register early!
This workshop will count toward 6.5 Category 1 hours of SAF CFE credits.
- Climate change projections for the Pacific Northwest
- Climate adaptation approaches and tactics
- Silvicultural practices to adapt to climate change
- Tree species selection – what to plant
- Changes in forest hydrology
- Diseases, pests, and what to look for
- Fire risk in western Oregon and Washington
We are hosting this workshop in THREE locations. There will be greater emphasis on western Washington forests in the Everett and Olympia sessions, and greater emphasis on northwest Oregon forests in the Salem session. Find other workshops here.
This workshop is open to foresters, natural resource professionals, land managers, small forest owners and anyone interested in adaptation concepts and strategies for western Oregon and Washington forests.
Please keep in mind this agenda is subject to change as we near the workshop date.
Welcome, introductions and sharing climate observations and concerns
Changing climate in the Northwest and effects on forest ecosystems
Climate adaptation approaches and tactics
Tree species selection, what NOT to plant, and the Seedlot Selection Tool
Hydrologic changes and BMPs
Changes in diseases and pests, and what to look for
Fire risk in western Oregon and Washington forests
Silvicultural practices to adapt to climate change
Practicing adaptation – small group exercise
Talking to forest owners about climate change and adaptation
Wrap up, share resource handouts, complete evaluation form
Header image courtesy of Zena Forest Products