Identifying and Evaluating Adaptation Science for Forest Habitats and Associated Bird Communities

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The overall goals of this project are to identify the adaptation science needs of federal, state, and tribal stakeholders for forest habitats and to apply landscape simulation models to determine the effectiveness of existing and proposed adaptation strategies at sustaining forest-dependent bird species across the region. This project leverages existing stakeholder partnerships, including with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) and US Fish and Wildlife Service, to characterize key research gaps related to forest adaptation science and inform co-development of future research agendas for the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC) and other partners. In addition, we will capitalize on ongoing efforts to model future forest habitats across the NE CASC using LANDIS-PRO (led by Co-PI Thompson) and evaluations of bird habitat suitability led by NE CASC affiliates Drs. David King and Bill DeLuca, to assess the effectiveness of adaptive management approaches at sustaining these resources into the future.