National Workshop on Climate and Forests:
Planning Tools and Perspectives on Adaptation and Mitigation Options

DuBois Conference Center
Northern Arizona University Campus
Flagstaff Arizona
May 16-18, 2011

Managing for Tomorrow’s Forest

Uncertainty abounds when it comes to predicting how and how much the climate will change. Fortunately, many of the management activities that promote healthy forests also make forests more resilient to the coming changes. Foresters and resource managers can explore these concepts at the upcoming National Workshop on Climate and Forests to be held in Flagstaff, Arizona, from May 16 to 18: http://www.safnet.org/natworkshop11/index.cfm.

“The models will probably never be able to be good enough to manage at certain small forestry scales – and by that I mean national-forest size,” says Connie Millar, a U.S. Forest Service ecologist who will be a featured speaker at the workshop. Millar will be describing a “toolbox” of strategies managers can turn to in the face of warming temperatures and other climate changes. As she put it, “we’ve got to unpack the toolbox and see what works for my Back 40.”

Millar will be joined be a top-notch list of other speakers at the Flagstaff workshop, which is designed to:
  • stimulate thinking about how ecosystems may adapt to changes;
  • explore the role that managers may have to mitigate ecosystem responses;
  • foster discussion and partnerships among managers and scientists; and
  • make planning and modeling tools available online accessible.
During an afternoon field trip, participants will explore the Four Forests Restoration Initiative and sites of ponderosa pine ecosystem restoration, aspen decline, wildfire, and piñon pine bark beetle mortality.

The workshop is sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Society of American Foresters, the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals and Arizona Cooperative Extension.

Professional CFE credits will be approved by the Society of American Foresters.