April 3rd Symposium: Natural Disturbances and Historic Range of Variation


Mixed hardwood stand. Photo by Chris Evans, courtesy of Bugwood.org.

Register now: Natural Disturbances and Historic Range of Variation in Central Hardwood Forests

Natural disturbances such as fire, wind, and insect pests shape forest structure, composition, and function. Identifying the historic range of variation in natural disturbances offers insight into historic forest conditions and guidance for future management strategies. 

Scientists from the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS), other federal and state agencies, and Universities, are offering an all-day symposium about the role of natural disturbances in upland hardwood forests of the Southern United States and the range of variation in frequency, spatial scale, and the gradient of structural conditions they create.

The symposium will be held on April 3, 2014 at the annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists in Spartanburg, South Carolina. 

Attendees must register for the meeting. Fees will be discounted for early registrants.

Symposium 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 Hardwoods 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.

 For more information, email Cathryn Greenberg at kgreenberg@fs.fed.us.

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