Symposium: “Natural Disturbances and Historic Range of Variation in Central Hardwood Forests”
April 3, 2014
Location: Marriot Hotel, Spartanburg, South Carolina
Registration Information: The full-day symposium will be held at the annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists. Attendees must register for the meeting. Fees will be discounted for early registrants.
Purpose: To provide land managers, researchers, and students with state-of-the-knowledge about the historic range of variation of natural disturbance in upland hardwood forests of the Central Hardwood Region.
More Information: Expert speakers will address how a wide variety of natural disturbances, including wind, fire, ice, drought, insect pests, oak decline, floods, and landslides, can kill or damage trees across small to large areas in the upland hardwood forests of the Central Hardwood Region, creating mosaics and gradients of structural conditions and canopy openness within stands and across the landscape.
“The symposium will provide a foundation for discussion of if, and how historic disturbance regimes can guide forest management on national forests and other public lands.” says Cathryn Greenberg, project leader of the SRS Upland Hardwood Ecology and Management unit, and co-organizer of the symposium, along with Beverly Collins of Western Carolina University.