Pacific Northwest Forest Seedlot Selection Tool Released


Reforestation scientists at the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, Oregon State University, and the Conservation Biology Institute have developed a web-based mapping application, the Seedlot Selection Tool. This tool can be used to help forest managers match seedlots with planting sites based on climatic information. The climates of the planting sites can be chosen to represent current climates, or future climates based on selected climate change scenarios.
From the Seedlot Selection Tool Description: “The Seedlot Selection Tool (SST) is a web-based mapping application designed to help natural resource managers match seedlots with planting sites based on climatic information. The SST can be used to map current climates or future climates based on selected climate change scenarios. It is tailored for matching seedlots and planting sites, but can be used by anyone interested in mapping climates defined by temperature and water availability. The SST is most valuable as a planning and educational tool because of the uncertainty associated with climate interpolation models and climate change projections. The SST allows the user to control many input parameters, and can be customized for the management practices, climate change assumptions, and risk tolerance of the user.”

CLN/ANREP-CSI Webinar: The Extension Sustainability Database – Connect with your colleagues on a National level

Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 3:00pm EDT

Are you interested in leading an Extension sustainability-focused program, but not sure what topics are already being covered? Do you want to learn who else is programming in this area so that you can glean experience from or collaborate with them? Perhaps you already are leading a program but may be feeling alone in your efforts. With the help of a new national database of sustainability-focused Extension programs, connecting or getting inspired is made easy! The database includes over 170 entries with 41 states represented. This webinar will walk participants through how to access and use the database, and dive in depth into some great examples of sustainability-focused Extension programs across the US.

Presented by Roslynn G.H. Brain McCann
Roslynn Brain.jpgDr. Roslynn Brain McCann is a Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist in the Department of Environment and Society, College of Natural Resources at Utah State University. She uses conservation theory, communication techniques, and social marketing tools to foster environmental behaviors in the areas of land (conservation, reducing, reusing and recycling), air (quality and climate change), food (consuming locally with a focus on CSA’s and farmer’s markets), water (quality, quantity, water resilient landscaping), and energy (efficiency and renewable energy). Roslynn also teaches communicating sustainability, chairs the National Network for Sustainable Living Education, helps facilitate the National Extension Sustainability Summit, runs a national database of sustainability-focused Extension programs, and is the coordinator for Utah Farm-Chef-Fork, the USU Permaculture Initiative, and Sustainable You! kids’ camps.

 

PINEMAP hosts Pine Plantation Research & Decision Support Tool Rollout

The Pine Integrated Network: Education, Mitigation, and Adaptation project (PINEMAP) is one of three Coordinated Agricultural Projects funded in 2011 by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). These projects are currently wrapping up after 6 years of investigating the effects of climate change on valuable commodity crops. One of the outputs of PINEMAP is a suite of decision support tools developed to help landowners make decisions on critical factors in pine production. This includes seedling selection and potential biomass yields based on a range of potential climate scenarios. The PINEMAP DSS is available at PINEMAP.org.

Latest CLN eLearning Module Launched

The CLN media team has just finished development of our latest eLearning module created from USDA Climate Change Program Director, William Hohenstein’s well received webinar from earlier this year. Our latest module examines the application of climate change concepts to Extension and Ag/Forestry Professional programming. All of our eLearning modules and other resources are available at climatelearning.net.

New CLN/CSI Webinar on NIACS Adaptation Workbook Now Available On-Demand

CLN’s most attended webinar is now available on-demand at climatewebinars.net. In this webinar Stephen Handler of the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station and Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science will present the Adaptation Workbook: Building Your Climate Adaptation Plan. The Adaptation Workbook is an online, interactive, and practical workbook that helps land managers develop their own custom-built climate change adaptation plans (www.adaptationworkbook.org). This tool is designed to support people who are working on forest management, urban forestry, or agriculture projects anywhere in the USA. This presentation will include a background on the concepts behind the Adaptation Workbook process, a tour of the Adaptation Workbook website, and a few examples to illustrate how this tool is being used in the real world.