Tree harvest and climate change can interact to have synergistic effects on tree species distribution changes. However, few studies have investigated the interactive effects of tree harvest and climate change on tree species distributions. As part of the NE CASC project Changes in forested landscapes of the eastern United States under alternative climate scenarios, this publication assesses the interactive effects of tree harvest and climate change on the distribution of dominant tree species in the United States.
Key findings include
- 20 key dominant tree species contracted under climate change by end of the century.
- 9 key dominant species expanded under climate change by end of the century.
- Distribution lagged behind the changes in equilibrium with new climatic conditions.
The results highlight the importance of considering disturbances and species demography when predicting changes in tree distributions. Ultimately, adaptation strategies will need to be developed through strong collaborative engagement with stakeholders to best meet their natural resources planning and decision‐making needs.
- Wang, W.J., F. R. Thompson III, H.S. He, J. S. Fraser, W. D. Dijak, T. Jones-Farrand, M. A. Spetich. 2019. Climate change and tree harvest interact to affect future tree species distribution changes. Journal of Ecology
Written by Communications Intern Mike Crowley