Evaluation of forest adaption scencarios for the Central Hardwood and Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozark Regions

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Research Partners: 
WIlliam Dijak
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Ongoing
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We are working with stakeholders to develop a series of climate change adaptation management strategies for forests in the Central Hardwoods and Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks region.  Strategies focus on resistance, resilience, or transition of forests under climate change and vary the types of silvicultural practices considered and where and how much each practice occurs. We are implementing strategies in a forest landscape-modeling framework and will demonstrate the consequences of these alternative strategies on forest composition and structure in the region. The goal is to  provide a large-scale perspective on the potential of forest adaptation strategies to address impacts of climate change on forests.