Forest Ecology and Management 

The Forest Ecology and Management Webinar Series is jointly sponsored by NCTC and the Forest Ecology Working Group (FEWG).

The webinar series was created by the FEWG to increase the understanding and integration of forest ecology, applied science and habitat management principles across all levels, programs, and regions of the USFWS, and with partners. Webinars on forest ecology related science and management will be held on a bi-monthly basis.

Forest Ecology Working Group (FEWG):  The Forest Ecology Working Group was first established in spring 2016 with the purpose of providing a coordinated approach to influence work processes, increase staff competency and capacity, and increase the understanding and integration of forest ecology, applied science and habitat management principles across all levels, programs, and regions of the USFWS, and with partners.

If you are interested in more information about the Forest Ecology Working Group please contact the FEWG Chair, Jeff Horan at

Forest Ecology List Serve: This list is part of an effort to create a Fish and Wildlife Service “forest ecology community of practice” of knowledgeable and experienced personnel, from inside and outside the agency, who can share forest ecosystem expertise to benefit multidisciplinary projects and to build capacity for understanding forest ecosystems.

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Forest Ecology and Management Webinar Descriptions

Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation of Forest Wildlife (00:51:03)

Presented by Toni Lyn Morelli, Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center.  Recorded September 19, 2019.

Climate change is affecting the species and communities that make up our forests in a myriad of ways. Dr. Morelli will present a synthesis of the impacts of climate change on the wildlife of the forests that cover much of the Midwest and northeastern U.S. Based on a mix of expert elicitation and literature review, she will show what species are predicted to be most vulnerable to climate change, as well as the uncertainty around those predictions. Tools to incorporate the latest science into management decisions in order to achieve climate change adaptation will also be reviewed.

Presentation Objectives:
     (1). Learn about the current and future impacts of climate change on forest wildlife
     (2). Gain knowledge about which forest species might be most vulnerable to climate change (and why).
     (3). Receive a list of tools for implementing climate change adaptation actions into management of forest wildlife.  

Emulating Forest Disturbance with Silviculture (00:56:44)

Presented by Brenda McComb, Oregon State University; Haven Barnhill, USFWS; Jeff Horan, USFWS.  Recorded Thursday, March 28, 2019.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has developed a Forest Ecology and Management course focused on advancing knowledge and skills for USFWS biologists, foresters and others who manage forests on refuges or partner lands to meet wildlife habitat needs and objectives. This webinar is an overview of the course which is designed to introduce biologists and others to the concepts of forest disturbance ecology, basic silvicultural approaches and the design of silvicultural prescriptions that will either emulate conditions more typical of natural disturbances or meet the needs for a particular set of species. The course covers field skills, stand exams, forest dynamics modeling, cruising, marking and harvesting. The course and presentation focus on using emulation of natural forest disturbances as a main thesis.

What's at risk? Implications of climate change on forests and options for adaptation (00:59:09)

Presented by Maria Janowiak, Deputy Director, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science; USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station

Climate change is altering forest ecosystems, with many changes expected by the end of the 21st century. Forests vary widely, and not all forests are equally at risk; vulnerabilities are strongly influenced by regional differences in climate impacts and adaptive capacity. Further, as an increasing amount of scientific information on forest vulnerability to climate change becomes available, natural resource managers are searching for ways to realistically use this information to meet specific management needs, ranging from landscape-level planning and coordination to onthe-ground implementation.

Presentation Objectives:

(1) Describe climate change impacts on forest ecosystems, highlighting factors that increase vulnerability.

(2) Identify options for climate adaptation that address climate impacts while also meeting management goals and objectives.

(3) Highlight real-world examples and lessons learned from climate change adaptation project