Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change

The Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) project is a replicated, operational-scale experiment testing the effectiveness of climate adaptation strategies in silvicultural planning and on-the-ground actions.

SCIENCE APPLICATIONS


The Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) Network is a replicated, operational-scale experiment testing the effectiveness of climate adaptation strategies in a diversity of forest ecosystem types across North America.

The Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) Network is a collaborative effort led by Linda Nagel at Colorado State University (but NIACS claims her, too!) to establish a series of experimental silvicultural trials in various forest ecosystem types across the United States and Canada. Scientists, land managers, and key partners have co-developed a network of fully-replicated, operational sites and new affiliate sites to study long-term ecosystem responses to a range of climate change adaptation actions. Silvicultural treatments at each study site were developed using the NIACS set of Adaptation Resources and encompass treatments that approximate three broad climate adaptation options: resistance, resilience, and transition.

"It’s been an exciting experience working toward a better understanding of climate change adaptation strategies with the ASCC Network. It is such a relevant and timely project being studied across a range of ecosystems and approaches with a range of scientist expertise. I look forward to the continued collaborations among scientists and managers and look forward to building new ones."

- Mike Battaglia, Research Forester, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station

 

2020 ACCOMPLISHMENTS


Although the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we can do research and work on-the-ground, the ASCC Network continues to find innovative solutions for continuing climate adaptation efforts at the experimental trials across the United States and Canada. From drafting manuscripts, to data collection, to planting future-adapted seedlings, the ASCC Network continues to “adapt” to changing conditions. 

Map of the United States displaying the locations of the ascc sites

 

LOOKING FORWARD


Interest in ASCC continues to grow. We are working with many collaborators on potential ASCC core and affiliate sites at the following locations:

  • The Colorado State Forest, located in a high-elevation spruce-fir forest near Walden, CO
  • The John Prince Research Forest, a dry, sub-boreal spruce forest managed cooperatively between Tl’azt’en First Nation and the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada 
  • An ex-urban affiliate ASCC site at the Mohegan State Forest, CT with the University of Connecticut and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection 
  • A series of affiliate ASCC sites in the Driftless Area in IA, WI, and MN

We will also be convening another ASCC Network-wide virtual meeting in winter 2020-21 to continue building collaboration opportunities across sites.

 

2020 Fast Facts

>325,000 Seedlings Planted

3000+ acres currently being harvested (or designated no action) and measured

2 countries - US and Canada - involved in ASCC