We have gone for weeks without talking about beetles.. tomorrow is a webinar on future vegetation, check it out here.
The ongoing mountain pine beetle outbreak has infested over 17 million forested acres across 6 western states.
How will these forests recover in the coming years, decades, and century?
What will the impacts be on wildlife, recreation, and fire regimes?
What are potential futures for these forests where we work and play?
The Future Forests Webinar Series provides a forum for managers and scientists to jointly discuss research findings and management implications for post-outbreak forests. The concept for the Future Forest Webinar Series grew out of the work of the Rocky Mountain Research Station, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, and other partners in 2009 and 2010 to assess general information needs of managers regarding the bark beetle outbreak.
The series consists of seven webinars from October 2011 through November 2012 with presentations by renowned managers and scientists from the USFS Rocky Mountain Region, Northern Region, Southwestern Region, and Rocky Mountain Research Station who have first-hand experience in beetle-killed forests. The webinars are open to anyone interested in post-beetle management and recovery efforts.
Look forward to webinars on a variety of topics related to post-outbreak forest recovery in the coming months. In general, webinars will be held from 10 am – 11:30 am (Mountain) on the second or third Tuesday of the month.
Visit Events for more information or to register for the next webinar.
Month Webinar Topic
October Post-outbreak fire risk and behavior
January Vegetation structure and composition
February Wildlife habitat and wildlife populations
April Ecosystem and watershed effects
June Insect biology and ecology
September Economic and social impacts
November Management impacts and effectiveness
The Future Forests Webinar Series is brought to you by the USFS Rocky Mountain Region and Rocky Mountain Research Station.