Monitoring & Next Steps

Monitoring

University of Connecticut scientists and local managers will begin monitoring natural regeneration and planted seedling survival. 

Monitoring is an essential component of the ASCC study. Research partners from the University of Connecticut and the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science are working together with partners to investigate the effectiveness of different management treatments aimed at creating adaptive ecosystems. Some of the monitoring items include: 

  • Natural regeneration and planted seedling survival and growth, including browse protection and avoided trampling of seedlings
  • Soil moisture and microclimate conditions

Progress & Next Steps:

Site tour at the Mohegan State Forest
Site tour at the Mohegan State Forest;
Photo: Amanda Bunce, University of Connecticut 

Project participants will begin refining and implementing the adaptive management treatments determined at a October 2020 workshop. Next steps for site managers and researchers include:

  • Locate additional study sites for landscape-scale replication
  • Collect pre-treatment data
  • Order future-adapted seedlings for planting
  • Conduct focus groups to evaluate perceptions of the proposed treatments