Adaptation to climate change in forest management

A concise paper “Adaptation to climate change in forest management” by David L. Spittlehouse (B.C. Forest Service) and Robert B. Stewart (Natural Resources Canada) The forestry community needs to evaluate the long-term effects of climate change on forests and determine what can be done now and in the future to respond to this threat. The paper suggests a simple four-step management framework for adaptation in forestry that could apply to other sectors and to multidisciplinary issues in a regional context:

  • Step 1: Identify the climate impact on the resource, however uncertain.
  • Step 2: Assess the vulnerability to climate change of the resource, the resource communities and society.
  • Step 3: Develop adaptation actions that can be taken now.
  • Step 4: Develop adaptation actions that should be incorporated into planning.

The paper reviews a number of forest adaptive actions and list management questions that need to be addressed to facilitate adaptation.
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