Connecticut’s Changing Forests: What it Means for Carbon Dynamics and Climate Resilience

May 11, 2020

Presented By Dr. Robert Fahey, UConn Department of Natural Resources and the Environment

Forests represent an important potential component of climate mitigation strategies and are increasingly being promoted as an important solution in addressing global climate change at local to global scales. However, the forests of Connecticut are entering a period of rapid change in which a variety of factors such as invasive pests, exurban development, and successional transitions are affecting forest composition, structure, and functioning. This presentation provides a basis for understanding forest climate mitigation and adaptation as they relate to forest change (including stand development, forest management, and disturbance) and provides context on trade-offs that need to be considered in decision-making surrounding forest lands.

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