Foresters plan for a healthy mix of spatial diversity in the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area. Photo © The Nature Conservancy (Hannah Letinich)
What can we do to slow climate change and restore America’s forests? I used to think the answer was to plant more trees. Boom. Done. Mic drop.
But wait, that’s not the whole story.
Our remaining forests face great challenges like massive wildfires and invasive forest pests. Managing for this array of threats in a changing climate is complicated. Forest managers are researching strategies that can keep forests resilient under multiple stressors so that they can continue to provide habitat for wildlife, clean air, clean water, carbon storage, and, yes, timber far into the future.