Effects of climate, disturbance, and management on the growth and dynamics of temperate and sub-boreal forest ecosystems within the Lake States and New England

Project Leader: 
Research Partners: 
Dr. Brian Palik (USFS Northern Research Station); Dr. John Bradford (USGS Southwest Biological Sciences Center); Dr. Andrew Finley (Michigan State University); Dr. Shawn Fraver (University of Maine); Dr. John Brissette (USFS Northern Research Station); Dr. Louis Iverson (USFS Northern Research Station); Dr. Michael Battaglia (USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station); Dr. Christopher Woodall (USFS Northern Research Station); Dr. Matthew Russell (University of Minnesota); Dr. Linda Nagel (Colorado State University); Dr. Christopher Swanston (Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science); Maria Janowiak (Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science); Dr. Rebecca Montgomery (University of Minnesota); Dr. David Lutz (Dartmouth College)
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This project is using a combination of long-term data records and recently established large-scale adaptive management studies in managed forests across the Lake States, New England, Intermountain West, and Black Hills to identify forest management strategies and forest conditions that confer the greatest levels of resistance and resilience to past and emerging stressors and their relevance in addressing future global change.  This work represents a broad partnership between scientists from the USFS Northern Research Station, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, USGS, University of MN,  University of Maine, and Dartmoutch College in an effort to capitalize on over 50 years of data collection on USFS Experimental Forests and Forest Inventory and Analysis plot to evaluate forest adaptation strategies. In addition, this project includes two installations of the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) network in northern MN and northern NH and is using these sites to examine resistance, resilience, and transition strategies for these forests and resultant impacts on ecosystem services and wildlife populations.

  • D’Amato, A.W.  2012. Looking back to inform the future: retrospective assessments of forest adaptation and mitigation strategies.  Invited Webinar as part of Northeast Climate Science Center Colloquium, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.  February 15.
  • Bradford, J., A.W. D'Amato, G. Domke, J.R. Foster, N.R. Jensen, and E. Peters.  2012. Adaptation and mitigation strategies on the Superior National Forest in response to climate change: monitoring, assessing, and forecasting. Invited presentation at Superior National Forest Research Roundup, Duluth, MN. February 22.
  • Foster, J.R., A.W. D’Amato, and J.B. Bradford.  2012.  Long-term tree and stand biomass increment patterns derived from tree rings in multiple temperate and sub-boreal forest systems in northeastern Minnesota, USA. Seminar at 97th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Portland, OR.  August 9.
  • D’Amato, A.W.  2013. Adaptive silviculture and site level considerations for northern hardwoods.  2013.  Invited presentation at the 2013 Wisconsin Society of American Foresters State Conference, Minocqua, WI. September 17.                                  
  • McKenzie, D.A., A.W. D’Amato, B.J. Palik, S. Fraver, J. B. Bradford, and J.C. Brissette. 2013. Long-term silviculture experiments impact stand-level weather sensitivity, resistance, and resilience. Presentation at 98th Annual Meeting Ecological Society of America. Minneapolis, MN. August 4-9, 2013.         
  • Foster, J.R., A.W. D’Amato, and J.B. Bradford.  2013. Characterizing the differential sensitivity of tree species and forest types to past weather variability using dendrochronological techniques. Presentation at 98th Annual Meeting Ecological Society of America. Minneapolis, MN. August 4-9, 2013.        
  • Foster, J.R., D'Amato, A.W., Bradford, J.B.  2013. Sensitivity of tree, species and stand biomass growth to summer water deficits from tree-ring reconstructions in northern Minnesota. Presentation at 9th North American Forest Ecology Workshop, Bloomington, IN. June 17-20, 2013.
  • D'Amato, A.W. 2014. Climate-Informed Forest Management Forum and Field Day.  Grand Rapids and Chippewa National Forest, MN. May 8.   
  • Bottero, A., J.B. Bradford, A.W. D'Amato, S. Fraver, and B.J. Palik.  2014.  Forest thinning alters drought vulnerability in temperate North American forests.  Society of American Foresters National Convention, Salt Lake City, UT.  October 10.        
  • Bottero, A.  2015. Long-term effects of repeated prescribed burning on tree growth and drought vulnerability in red pine forests in northern Minnesotaa.  Lake States Fire Consortium Webinar Series. February 19.  
  • D'Amato, A.W. 2015. Something old, something new: sivilcultural strategies for addressing climate change. New England Society of American Foresters 95th Winter Meeting. Fairlee, VT. March 26.
  • Palik, B.J., L. Nagel, A.W. D'Amato, and C. Kern.  2015. Adaptive sivilculture for climate chante in Pinus resinosa (red pine) forests. North American Forest Ecology Workshop, Veracruz, Mexico. June 18.
  • Bottero A., A.W. D’Amato, B.J. Palik, J.B. Bradford, S. Fraver.  2015. Thinning reduces vulnerability of forest ecosystems to drought.  Italian Congress on Silviculture, Florence, Italy. September 15.
  • J. Foster, A. D'Amato, February 2016 "Forecasting Potential Climate Refugia to Guide Conservation of Montane Species" Northeast Climate Science Center Webinar
  • D'Amato.  2016. Forecasting potential climate change refugia to guide conservation of montane species.101st Ecological Society of America Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL. August 7-12.
  • Curzon, M.T., A.W. D'Amato, J.R. Foster, B.J. Palik, S. Fraver, J.B. Bradford, A. Bottero, and K.E. Gleason. 2016. Forest structure and management influence trait-based growth in northern forests across the northeastern United States. 101st Ecological Society of America Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL. August 7-12 Foster, J.R., and A.W.
  • D'Amato, A.W. 2017. Strategies for managing forests to increase drought tolerance. New England Society of American Forests Winter Meeting, Bangor, ME, March 8. 
  • D'Amato, A.W. 2017. Strategies for managing forests to increase drought tolerance. National Drought Meeting, San Antonio, TX. March 22. 
  • D’Amato, A.W.  2017. Silviculture in the face of uncertainty: is the past still relevant? Invited Keynote Presentation.  11th North American Forest Ecology Workshop, Edmonton, Alberta. June 20.
  • Palik, B.J., A.W. D’Amato, L. Nagel, and J. Mueller. 2017. Transitioning red pine forests to a warmer, drier future: assisting replacement of an iconic species.  Presentation. 11th North American Forest Ecology Workshop, Edmonton, Alberta. June 22.
  • Foster, J.R., and A.W. D’Amato.  2017. Forecasting migration rates of montane species under climate change with a spatially dynamic vegetation model.  Presentation. 11th North American Forest Ecology Workshop, Edmonton, Alberta. June 22. 
  • Foster, J.R., A.W. D'Amato, M. Itter, M. Reinikainen, and M. Curzon.  2017. Landsat Time-series for the Masses:Predicting Wood Biomass Growth from Tree-rings Using Departures from Mean Phenology in Google Earth Engine.  American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. December 17.
  • Heuss, M. and A.W. D'Amato. "Southern pine beetle impacts on Long Island and future forests".  Preparing for southern pine beetle in Massachusetts Workshop, Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellfleet, MA. February 13, 2018