April 26, 2016
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Changes in climate have important implications for the world’s forests, but few people realize that forests themselves are part of our climate system.
Si Balch of Manomet Climate Smart Network will describe his decades of observations as a professional forester, and how the work of foresters is changing as conditions change. He’ll consider what any land owner can do to pragmatically manage their forests to be more resilient in the face of change. Adapted from the Maine Forest Service’s Forester Institutes, Balch’s presentation will consider what we actually know about Maine’s changing forest and what is speculation; the opportunities and challenges that climate changes pose for forests and their management; and what anyone managing a forest can do to address changes in forest types, forest access and stream crossings, forest regeneration, and monitoring for invasive pest species in the forest.
This event in particular will be a helpful preliminary program for the upcoming FIG training, which is open to everyone interested in increasing data collection about the forest conditions at BTLT’s Crystal Spring Farm.
This event is part of our ongoing series, A Local Look at Our Changing Climate, in collaboration with the Cathance River Education Alliance (CREA). This series explores the local impacts of a changing climate, as well as local solutions and adaptations as seen by your neighbors and in your own back yard.
Venue: Topsham Public Library