Future Forest Webinar- Ecological consequences of mountain pine beetle outbreaks for habitats and populations of wildlife

Please join us Tuesday, March 6th from 10 am to 11:30 am (MST) for a webinar on changes in wildlife populations and habitat following the mountain pine beetle outbreak. This interactive discussion is part of the Future Forests Webinar Series, which serves to facilitate conversations among scientists and managers about the range of future management challenges and opportunities following the beetle outbreak.
Regional Wildlife Biologist for the Northern Region (Beth Hahn) and several researchers with the Rocky Mountain Research Station (Vicki Saab, Barbara Bentz, Rachel Loehman, and Bob Keane) will present on topics ranging from implications of the MBP outbreak for avian populations and habitats to models predicting changes in wildlife habitat suitability under different climate and bark beetle conditions. They will explore questions such as:
• Which life history traits and strategies of wildlife species predict short-term (0-20 years) positive and negative responses to beetles and fire?
• What are the appropriate spatial and temporal scales for evaluating wildlife responses to beetle outbreaks and wildfire? and
• How are site-specific management histories incorporated into large-scale simulation models of ecosystem processes that affect habitat suitability for wildlife?
Come share your observations, questions, and thoughts!
When: Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am (MST)
Who: Forest Service resource professionals, managers, cooperators, and partners interested in post-outbreak forest recovery — please circulate this email to anyone who might be interested!

How: Register at http://www.fs.fed.us/rmrs/events/registrations/future-forests/. Up to 5 days ahead of the webinar, you will receive an email from Megan Matonis (mmatonis@fs.fed.us) with instructions and a link to attend.

SAF credit: Names of participants will be submitted to SAF for 1.5 category 1 CFEs (continuing education credits).

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