Climate change and assisted migration - who's calling the shots?
Thank you to everyone who tuned in to our virtual Sips 'n' Science pub talk with George Kral on November 18, 2020! Below is the full recorded presentation, ready for viewing at your leisure!
George Kral invites you to view a pre-print of the research paper, Rapid Retreat of the Pacific Maritime Forest, authored by George and collaborators David Rupp (climate data guru) and Melodie Putnam (pathologist). Comments are welcome, and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to view a pdf version.
Native plant nurseries provide the raw materials for large-scale restoration and forestry. As more land managers consider ways to plant climate-resilient forests, how will nurseries decide what species and seed sources to grow? How will nurseries manage through the transition as some clients embrace assisted migration and others do not? And what are reasonable "service boundaries" that native plant nurseries can support in light of sustaining biodiversity and minimizing the movement of weeds and pathogens in a period of rapid climate change?
Speaker Bio: George Kral started his PhD in 2016, after a successful career in forest management and habitat restoration. In 1997, he founded Ash Creek Forest Management, and in 2003 he co-founded Scholls Valley Native Nursery with his wife Sara. He actively manages nursery operations and horticultural systems development at their farm in western Washington County while pursuing his degree. His research aims to better understand the current ranges, habitat requirements, stand health, population structures, and responses to climate change of three species of alder (Alnus) in the Willamette Valley.
Check out the video below, featuring George Kral speaking about how imitating and promoting nature's natural process is critical in restoring biodiversity.
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