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As our climate shifts, forest stewards across West Virginia are beginning to consider the potential management challenges and opportunities associated with a changing and uncertain climate. This workshop is designed for natural resource professionals and landowners to gain new insights on climate change and effects on forests, forest hydrology, and fire behavior. This session will:

• Provide information on the current and anticipated effects of climate change on West Virginia forests
• Describe resources and tools that can be used to integrate climate change into management
*All recorded presentations can be accessed here, or indidually below:


8:00  Welcome & Overview of the Climate Change Response Framework (Maddy Baroli, NIACS) [slides] [video]

8:30  Climate Change Impacts on West Virginia Forests (Patricia Leopold, NIACS) [slides] [video]

9:00  Insect Pests and Pathogens in a Changing Climate (Danielle Martin, US Forest Service, Forest Health Protection) [slides] [video]

9:15  Oak, Fire, and Climate Change: The Profound Effect of Changing Conditions on the Oak Resource (Greg Nowacki, USDA Forest Service R9) [slides] [video]

10:15  Break

10:30  Climate Change & Forest Hydrology (Bryan Swistock, Water Resources Specialist, Penn State Extension) [slides] [video]

11:15  TNC’s Climate Resiliency Science, Strategies, and Planning (Katy Barlow, The Nature Conservancy) [slides] [video]

11:45  Overview of the Monongahela National Forest’s Deer Creek Project (Jack Tribble, District Ranger, Greenbrier Ranger District, Monongahela National Forest) [video]

12:00  Adjourn

Co-hosts and collaborators

This workshop is organized by the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub, and US Forest Service, Monongahela National Forest.