Canadian Forest Service Publications

Collaborating on Climate Change at the Petawawa Research Forest. Hoepting, M., Jones, T., & Fera, J. (2019). The Forestry Chronicle, 95(2), 62-65.

Year: 2019

Issued by: Canadian Wood Fibre Centre

Catalog ID: 40254

Language: English

Availability: PDF (download)

Available from the Journal's Web site.
DOI: 10.5558/tfc2019-012

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Within the Canadian Forest Service (CFS), there is a mandate to develop a better understanding of the impacts of climate change on forests and forest management, and respond to these impacts. There has been work done to predict changes in climate (temperature, precipitation, growing season, etc.) and an increased knowledge base of the effects these changes will have on forests at multiple scales. Specifically at the Petawawa Research Forest (PRF) near Chalk River, Ontario, there are efforts to better understand climate change impacts on the forest and test adaptation options. A Vulnerability Assessment for Climate Change is being done to identify risks posed to the forest and forest management by climate change and to identify adaptation options. Adaptation options are being tested through a new trial that connects the PRF to the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) project that is already happening across multiple regions in the United States. This will mark the expansion of the ASCC network into Canada. Working in collaboration with ASCC project leadership, this project was initiated with a project planning workshop in 2019. Regional forest industry representatives attended the workshop and helped develop the study treatments. The key to success for this initiative is the ability to build and maintain partnerships and collaboration.