The US Forest Service management team at Blatchley aims to improve forest health, increase conifer species and age-class diversity, reduce hazardous fuels, improve hydrologic function, improve habitat connectivity, and in general enable the forest to better cope with environmental stressors. Many of these goals will be even more important as climate changes continue to exacerbate stressors and risks to the project area.
Challenges and Opportunities
Project participants used the Adaptation Workbook to develop several adaptation actions for this project that are under consideration, including:
5.1. Promote diverse age classes.