Climate-focused forest management: Evaluating stand risk and identifying prescriptions
What are the principal factors to consider when evaluating a forest stand for intervention, when the desired outcome is 1) increased climate resilience and 2) increased carbon storage capacity?
Community Forests International, in partnership with Gareth Davies (MCFT) and the NB Federation of Woodlot Owners, has created a decision tree and video series to guide practitioners in evaluating a forest stand’s risk to climate change, and then to identify an appropriate intervention to reach the above goals.
Megan will review the key concepts and a few examples of how these tools may be used by practitioners.
Megan de GraafMegan de Graaf holds a BSc in Biology from Dalhousie University and an MScF in Forest Ecology from the University of New Brunswick. She worked for over a decade in the non-profit environment and natural resource sectors, and was a longtime supporter of Community Forests before she joined the staff in 2015. Megan manages the Canada Forest Program, where she works to safeguard old forest and restore degraded young forests, manages Community Forests’ forest carbon offset projects, works to integrate climate change resilience into regional forest management practices, and builds rural capacity to manage the Wabanaki Forest for income and as a long-term ecological resource. Megan comes from a family of forest workers and farmers, and is a woodlot and farm owner herself in rural New Brunswick