ROOM: Room 215 – San Miguel
Concerns over long-term drought effects in the United States have been growing as climate projections of hotter, drier conditions in some areas of the country are being realized. Forests and grasslands are being negatively altered due to the effects of drought and other climate driven disturbances such as wildfires, insects and disease, invasive species, and other stressors. Chief among the resources found on these landscapes are wildlife with many species being threatened, endangered or considered a species of conservation concern. Threats to wildlife are far ranging and include habitat fragmentation, habitat loss related to water quality and quantity availability, snow pack, changes in hydrologic regime, invasive species and disease. This panel discussion will explore the impact of drought and other climate driven disturbances on wildlife in western landscapes using data from current vulnerability assessments conducted in the Northern Rockies and the Intermountain Region. This session will provide land managers with a better understanding of future climate projections and adaptation strategies and tactics to employ to restore and increase the resiliency of our forest and grassland ecosystems.
Organizers: Dixie Porter, U. S. Forest Service, Washington, D.C.; Cynthia West, U. S. Forest Service, Washington, D.C.; Karen Dante Wood, U.S. Forest Service, Billings, MT
Supported by: U.S. Forest Service