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Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change

In 2019, Mississippi Park Connection is joining partners to address climate change in the Mississippi River’s floodplain forests. Working collaboratively with the National Park Service, the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, City of Saint Paul, and Colorado State University, we seek to understand and create meaningful change in the river’s forests that will prepare them for a future that includes climate change.

ASCC is a national project based out of Colorado State University to establish a series of experimental silvicultural trials across a network of diverse forest ecosystem types throughout the United States. Scientists, land managers, and partners are developing trial sites as part of a multi-region study researching long-term ecosystem responses to a range of climate change adaptation actions. Our project will have two phases, the first of which will focus on floodplain forests in St. Paul's Crosby Regional Park. We will work with land managers to define three levels of adaptive management: resistance, resilience, and transition.

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This work was made possible by the Wildlife Conservation Society through its Climate Adaptation Fund through a grant by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.