The primary forest management goal for this WMA over the next 10 years is to increase the amount of young forest habitat available to benefit associated wildlife species, several of which are currently experiencing steep population declines. Planned young forest will be created by regenerating overmature oak stands and conifer plantations using even-aged forest management. Another important goal is to control non-native, invasive vegetation to maintain forest biodiversity and ensure desirable regeneration. Specific objectives are to create 362 acres of young forest by establishing 191 acres of seedling/sapling oak stands and 171 acres of seedling/sapling mixed hardwood/conifer stands, and to reduce invasive vegetation presence in the project area to 5% or less.
Climate Change Impacts
Challenges and Opportunities
Project participants used the Adaptation Workbook to develop several adaptation actions for this project, including:
2.1. Maintain or improve the ability of forests to resist pests and pathogens.
8.2. Favor existing genotypes that are better adapted to future conditions.
9.4. Protect future-adapted seedlings and saplings.
9.7. Introduce species that are expected to be adapted to future conditions.