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Distribution models will then be used to explore how species respond to scenarios of climate change and other forms of landscape change and incorporated into a broader decision-making framework. The tool will provide a quick and efficient means for the Department to collect data on other species in the future beyond this project. Vermont Monitoring Cooperative Annual Meeting. This will allow us to investigate relationships between forest composition, structure, and health and soil C. We partnered with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department to develop the survey, identify experts, and collect field data.

To better understand this connection, we propose to link a suite of recreation metrics e. Coefficients derived from these models will be used to project future forest growth and biomass under climate projections. Stakeholder Workshops Ginger, C. These maps will feed into a spatial structured decision support framework to quantify the costs, benefits, and probability of success of various management alternatives across the landscape. Our overarching hypothesis is that climate change, alone or in combination with other anthropogenic factors, is rapidly changing the structure and function of the Northern Forest.

Examining the possible causes and implications of the surprising growth resurgence of red spruce in the Northern Forest. Server and software resources to house the spatial data for delivery over the web were allocated and setup of those resources has begun. These will lead to one Ph. Statistical models will evaluate future scenarios of forest and climate characteristics to inform the decision support framework described below. Pollution critical load exceedance and an extended growing season as modulators of red spruce radial growth.

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Additional potential stakeholders were engaged on their potential needs for the tool. We also launched an effort to examine the effects of forest changes on moose as a focal species in partnership with Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.