Check out the journal article titled “Initiating Climate Adaptation in a Western Larch Forest” in Forest Science authored by a team of scientists and managers in the northern Rocky Mountains that highlights the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) Network site at the Coram Experimental Forest and the Flathead National Forest in Montana.
Dr. Justin Crotteau, Research Forester with the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station in Juneau, AK, and a key science collaborator on the Montana ASCC site, was the lead author on the published Forest Science article, with co-authors from the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, the Flathead National Forest, the WA Franke College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana, and the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University.
This collaborative group developed a gradient of adaptation treatments (i.e., resistance, resilience, and transition) focused on climate change at the Coram Experimental Forest/Flathead National Forest. As Crotteau et al. (2019, p. 8) say in the article, “one of the most valuable attributes of this project is the demonstration of silvicultural strategies along a continuum of treatment and adaptation intensity” within the iconic western larch forest type of the interior northwest. The operational ASCC Network framework for implementing strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change in western larch forests provides the tools for scientists and forest managers to cooperatively meet the demands of future forests and develop adaptation treatments that are appropriate for their local context.
Crotteau, Justin S., Elaine Kennedy Sutherland, Theresa B. Jain, David K. Wright, Melissa M. Jenkins, Christopher R. Keyes, Linda M. Nagel. 2019. Initiating Climate Adaptation in a Western Larch Forest, Forest Science, fxz024, https://doi.org/10.1093/forsci/fxz024.