Advancing Climate-Resilient Reforestation in Cities and Large Forest Landscapes
June 1, 2021 — 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. ET
Reforestation commitments from companies, nonprofit organizations and governments around the world are at an all-time high. How can these commitments be met in an era when climate change-induced wildfires, pests, droughts and diseases are also at an all-time high? In this session, participants will learn about the “recipe” for designing reforestation projects, anywhere in the world, that will be successful in a changing climate. The key “ingredients” of the recipe relate to tree species, tree genetics, planting techniques and adaptive management. Some refer to these projects as “pre-storing” forests for climate change because, in many cases, we cannot afford to recreate the forest that was just lost if we want greater forest resilience in the future.
Participants will learn how to assess and design reforestation projects, as well as what tools and technical resources to use when doing so. Case studies about reforestation projects in cities and large forest landscapes will be shared. Participants will be able to visit a virtual whiteboard to post their own lessons learned, which will further enrich the conversation during the webinar.
- Eric Sprague, vice president of forest restoration at American Forests
- Dana Walsh, silviculturist, Eldorado National Forest, United States Forest Service
- Maria Janowiak, acting director, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and Acting Director, Northern Forests Climate Hub
All registrants will receive a recording of the webinar after the event for a limited time.