Please note that this workshop has been postponed to December. Please look for further communication from us about rescheduling. Thanks for your flexibility and understanding!
Colorado State University, the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), Iowa State University, and the Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources will be hosting a virtual climate change adaptation workshop for partners working on the ecology and management of dry-mesic forests in the Driftless Area. This workshop will be held virtually via Zoom on December 2, 9, & 10, 2021. There will also be a site field visit prior to the workshop on June 29.
- December 2: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Central Time)
- December 9: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Central Time)
- December 10: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM (Central Time)
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 focusing on dry-mesic forests in the Driftless Area will serve two primary purposes:
- Engage managers and scientists in the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) co-development framework to create a suite of adaptive experimental silvicultural treatments in dry-mesic forest stands in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin to be part of the ASCC Network.
- Begin defining research and monitoring questions as part of the Driftless Area ASCC installation.
To maximize our time together on Zoom and to successfully develop the silvicultural prescriptions for the Driftless Area ASCC sites in IA, MN, and WI, we request that you review the following information:
- Familiarize yourself with Forest Adaptation Resources, 2nd edition, in particular the Introduction (pgs. 1-9) and the Adaptation Workbook (Chapter 5, pgs. 74-89).
- Read about the ASCC Experimental Design: https://www.adaptivesilviculture.org/experimental-design & review the ASCC Experimental Terminology handout.
- Review the handout on Silviculture Terminology.
- Skim the Raymond et al. 2009 paper on The Irregular Shelterwood System (if you are limited on time, focus on Figures 1 & 2, and Table 2 within the paper).
- Review the Driftless ASCC Site Summaries from the field tour.
- Review the Climate Change Impacts to the Driftless Area.
- Explore the Climate Change Tree Atlas Results for the Driftless Area.
If you want to really dive into climate change and adaptive management information before the workshop:
- Optional: Read the Nagel et al. 2017 Journal of Forestry Article on the ASCC Network.
- Optional: Watch Chris Swanston’s Climate Change FAQ presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6owB1xXRIYI.