Colorado State University, the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS), and the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station will be hosting a virtual climate change adaptation workshop for folks working on the ecology and management of spruce-fir forests. This workshop will be held virtually on December 8, 9 and 10, 2020. The workshop will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8, and will end at noon on Thursday, December 10.
This workshop is part of a project titled the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) Network, which is a collaborative effort between managers and scientists working to establish a series of experimental trials across a network of diverse forest ecosystem types throughout North America. Each trial is focused on understanding and evaluating management options designed to enable forests to respond to a changing climate. Site-specific treatments are developed according to local conditions and tailored to meet site-specific management objectives, while at the same time aligning under a common framework for answering questions about how different forest types will respond to future climate.
Our workshop focused on spruce-fir forests at the Colorado State Forest will serve two primary purposes:
- To engage managers and scientists in the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) co-development framework to create a suite of adaptive experimental silvicultural treatmetns for a Colorado State Forest spruce-fir forest as be part of the ASCC Network.
- Begin defining research and monitoring questions as part of the CO spruce-fir ASCC installation.
To maximize our time together on Zoom, we hope you can review the following information prior to the workshop:
- Review the CO State Forest Background and Goals document.
- Familiarize yourself with Forest Adaptation Resources, 2nd edition, in particular the Introduction (pgs. 1-9) and the Adaptation Workbook (Chapter 5, pgs. 74-89).
- Explore the ASCC website: www.adaptivesilviculture.org, specifically the Experimental Design page: https://www.adaptivesilviculture.org/experimental-design.
- Additional details about ASCC are in the Nagel et al. 2017 Journal of Forestry paper (optional).
- Watch The Colorado State Forest: Managing for a Healthier Forest.
- Explore the CO State Forest webpage: https://csfs.colostate.edu/colorado-state-forest/.
- Watch Chris Swanston’s Climate Change FAQ presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6owB1xXRIYI
Additional questions about this workshop can be directed to:
Presentations and files to refer to throughout the workshop can be found here:
- Colorado State Forest Background and Goals document
- Colorado State Forest ASCC Site Data
- Colorado State Forest ASCC Site Overview
- Colorado State Forest Overview Presentation, Blair Rynearson, Colorado State Forest Service
- Ecosystem Vulnerability of Spruce-Fir Forest Systems under Changing Environmental Conditions, Dennis Ojima, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory
- Overview of Colorado Front Range Forest Ecology, Mike Battaglia, USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station & Ethan Bucholz, Colorado State Forest Service
- Historical Perspective and Carbon Potential, Tony Vorster, Natural Resource Ecology Lab
- Silvics Cheatsheet for the Colorado State Forest
The CO State Forest ASCC workshop is organized by the ASCC Network, NIACS, the Colorado State Forest Service, the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, and the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute.