Canadian Forest Service Publications

A structured decision-making approach to climate change adaptation in the forest sector. 2005. Ohlson, D.W.; McKinnon, G.A.; Hirsch, K.G. Forestry Chronicle 81(1): 97-103.

Year: 2005

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 25254

Language: English

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Climate change presents a risk to the composition, health, and vitality of Canada’s forests and forest sector. Effects may be either negative or positive, and will interact in complex ways over many spatial and temporal scales depending on such factors as physical geography, forest type, and forest management practices. Given the apparent vulnerability of forests and the forest sector to climate change, it is prudent that forest and forest-based community managers begin to develop adaptive strategies to minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of climate change. A flexible planning framework that incorporates key principles of structured decision-making and risk management is presented as a practical way to integrate climate change adaptation into forest management planning.