The wider goals of forest management at UMBS are to make its forestland less vulnerable to climate change, support research and teaching, and build relationships between UMBS, forest-climate science and outreach organizations, and the forestry industry. Specific goals and objectives for the Adaptive Aspen Management Experiment include:
- Increase forest age class, structural and compositional diversity: remove the dominant, mature aspens (and select other trees) from 4 management units to increase physical and biological heterogeneity.
- Test resistance, resilience, and transition concepts in the context of aspen-birch management: implement treatments that demonstrate how these broad climate adaptation concepts are achieved through unit-level actions.
- “Work with the site” to enhance the probability that management will increase forest adaptive capacity: design treatments and prescribe tactics to take advantage of variation in topography, soils, hydrology, and species composition between and within the management units.
- Demonstrate and communicate the ecosystem consequences of forest management: study, report, and publish the impacts of management options (including no management) on forest composition, carbon storage, soil biogeochemistry, and hydrology.
Climate Change Impacts
Challenges and Opportunities
Project participants used the Adaptation Workbook to develop several adaptation actions for this project, including:
4.2. Prioritize and maintain sensitive or at-risk species or communities.
5.2. Maintain and restore diversity of native species.
9.3. Guide changes in species composition at early stages of stand development.