Regional Invasive Species & Climate Change Management Challenge: Forest Pest Risk Is Heating Up

TitleRegional Invasive Species & Climate Change Management Challenge: Forest Pest Risk Is Heating Up
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsPlotkin, Audrey Barker, MacClean Meghan Graham, Cheng Cynthia, Cousins Elsa, Lopez Bianca, and O'uhuru Ayodele
AbstractInsect pests and pathogens, and climate change, each threaten forest health. But what happens when the two are combined? Climate change brings pests to new areas, makes pests more damaging, reduces trees’ defenses to pests, and can alter how forests recover after pest disturbance. Strategies for managing the combined impacts of forest pests and climate change include preventing new pest introductions, resisting pest spread by treating individual trees and diversifying forest stands, promoting more resilient forests that can rebound from pests, and helping forests transition to a state better adapted to our future climate.
URLhttps://scholarworks.umass.edu/eco_ed_materials/10/
DOI10.7275/p217-7g43