Monitoring & Next Steps

San Juan National Forest
Research partners are working together to investigate the effectiveness of different silvicultural treatments at the San Juan National Forest. 
​​Photo Credit: Mike Battaglia, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station 

Monitoring:

Monitoring is an essential component of the ASCC study. Research partners from several institutions are working together to investigate the effectiveness of different silvicultural treatments aimed at creating adaptive ecosystems. Some of the monitoring items include: 

  • Natural regeneration in gaps and harvest areas 
  • Soil nutrients and microclimate sampling 
  • Inventory of fuels and understory plants 

Progress & Next Steps:

Each of the adaptation treatments is replicated 4 times across a 400-acre area on the San Juan National Forest. Pre-treatment forest inventory data has been collected on the study site. The treatment units have been marked for harvest and are scheduled to be cut. Future data collection will focus on tree regeneration, forest growth, and forest health.