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ForestConnect - Building on the basics: managing forests for uncertain future conditions
A wide range of stressors and disturbances, such as invasive insects and diseases and extreme precipitation events, have increased the uncertainty around how to best manage forests to sustain their structure and functioning into the future. Although many novel conditions now exist in our forests, numerous historic and recent forest management approaches still have great utility in addressing these changing conditions. This webinar will present several examples of how past management approaches are being repurposed as adaptive management strategies to address the impacts of increasing drought, invasive insects, and other expected future changes to environmental conditions and disturbance regimes. Specific examples will include the use of thinning regimes to reduce drought impacts and ecological forestry approaches to address emerald ash borer and climate change impacts on northeastern forests. Presented by Dr. Anthony W. D’Amato. Forestry Program, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont and Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center.
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Anthony W. D'Amato
Professor @Forestry Program, University of Vermont Professor, Director of Forestry Program SILVICULTURE AND APPLIED FOREST ECOLOGY My research interests center on evaluating the efficacy of traditional and experimental silvicultural strategies at meeting the increasingly diverse range of forest management objectives on public and private land. Specific research areas include: understanding the developmental dynamics and productivity of natural and managed forest systems, particularly within the context of changing global conditions and societal objectives; identifying factors affecting natural regeneration dynamics; and investigating the nature and influence of plant competitive interactions on long-term patterns of tree growth and forest structural development.