Colorado State University, the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), Western Colorado University, and the USDA Forest Service will be hosting a climate change adaptation workshop for partners working on the ecology and management of lodgepole pine forests in southwest Colorado. This workshop is part of the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) project which is a collaborative effort between managers and scientists working to establish experimental trials across a network of diverse forest ecosystem types throughout North America. Each trial is focused on understanding and evaluating management options designed to enable forests to respond to a changing climate. Site-specific treatments are developed according to local conditions and tailored to meet site-specific management objectives, while at the same time aligning under a common framework for addressing questions about how different forest types will respond to future climate.
Participation in this workshop will contribute directly to the treatment design for this long-term climate change adaptation study at Taylor Park. This workshop, and the resulting experimental treatments, will help us better meet the challenges we face in a changing environment. Here is a general outline for the workshop:
Wednesday, July 6 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Kelley Hall 151 on the Western Colorado University Campus. Please stick around immediately after the workshop content is complete for a happy hour and dinner at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6 provided by the Western Colorado University’s School of Environment and Sustainability. We will have veggie lasagna, chicken parmesan, pasta bolognese, Caesar salad, garlic bread, and a few alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Thursday, July 7 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. We will meet on the Western Colorado University campus and caravan to Taylor Park for a field visit to the ASCC site. Our plan is to leave Taylor Park at 3:15 p.m. and be back at Western no later than 5:00 p.m.
Friday, July 8 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. back in Kelley Hall 151.
Our workshop, focusing on lodgepole pine forests in southwest Colorado, will serve two primary purposes:
- Engage managers and scientists in the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) co-development framework to create a suite of adaptive silvicultural treatments in lodgepole pine sites in the Taylor Park Area of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests, that will be part of the ASCC Network.
- Begin defining research and monitoring questions as part of the Taylor Park ASCC installation.
- Please bring your own lunch for Wednesday, July 6 and Thursday, July 7. We will be providing snacks, coffee, and tea on 7/6 and 7/8 while on campus.
- We will be in the field on Thursday, July 7. Dress appropriately for the weather. Bring sunscreen, bug repellant for mosquitoes, lots of water, and your lunch. Remember to be careful while on the roads and to watch out for recreationists on OHVs.
To maximize our time together and to successfully develop the silvicultural prescriptions for the Taylor Park ASCC site, we request that you review the following information:
- Read about the ASCC Experimental Design: https://www.adaptivesilviculture.org/experimental-design & review the ASCC Experimental Terminology handout.
- Review the Taylor Park ASCC Management Goals & Objectives handout.
- Review the Taylor Park ASCC current stand conditions handout.
- Explore the Taylor Park ASCC Climate Change Projections handout and the tree species vulnerability projections.
If you want to really dive into silviculture, climate change, and adaptive management information before the workshop:
- Review this handout on Silviculture Terminology.
- Skim the Raymond et al. 2009 paper on The Irregular Shelterwood System (if you are limited on time, focus on Figures 1 & 2, and Table 2 within the paper).
- Familiarize yourself with Forest Adaptation Resources, 2nd edition, in particular the Introduction (pgs. 1-9) and the Adaptation Workbook (Chapter 5, pgs. 74-89).
- Read the Nagel et al. 2017 Journal of Forestry Article on the ASCC Network.
- Ecology & Silvics of Lodgepole Pine & Montane Forests of Taylor Park - Jonathan Coop (Western Colorado University) & Mike Battaglia (USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station)
- A Climate Context for Adaptive Silviculture in Taylor Park - Lauren Parker (USDA California Climate Hub)
- Management Tactics of Lodgepole Pine Forests: What Works at Taylor Park – Art Haines (USFS Grand Mesa Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests)
- Taylor Park Management Goals, Objectives, and Desired Future Conditions - Carlyn Perovich & Matt Vasquez (USFS Grand Mesa Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forest)
- Current Conditions at the Taylor Park ASCC Site - Jonathan Coop (Western Colorado University)
- Designing Forest Adaptation Treatments Across Taylor Park Through Manager-Scientist Partnerships - Courtney Peterson (Colorado State University) & Maddy Baroli (Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science)