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Corpus Systématique Végétale

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Operational approaches to managing forests of the future in Mediterranean regions within acontext of changing climates

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  • climate change
  • historical variability
  • restoration
  • forest policy
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Sierra San Pedro Martir
  • mixed conifer
  • Jeffrey pine
  • ponderosa pine
  • upper montane
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  • Scott L Stephens 1,2
  • Constance I Millar 3
  • Brandon M Collins 4
  • 1) Division of Ecosystem Science, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, 130 Mulford Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-3114, USA
  • 2) Author to whom any correspondence should be addressed
  • 3) USDA Forest Service, Sierra Nevada Research Center, 800 Buchanan Street, Albany, CA 94710, USA
  • 4) USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, 1731 Research Park Drive, Davis, CA 95618, USA

Many US forest managers have used historical ecology information to assist in thedevelopment of desired conditions. While there are many important lessons to learn fromthe past, we believe that we cannot rely on past forest conditions to provide us withblueprints for future management. To respond to this uncertainty, managers will bechallenged to integrate adaptation strategies into plans in response to changing climates.Adaptive strategies include resistance options, resilience options, response options, andrealignment options. Our objectives are to present ideas that could be useful indeveloping plans under changing climates that could be applicable to forests withMediterranean climates. We believe that managing for species persistence at the broadecoregion scale is the most appropriate goal when considering the effects of changingclimates. Such a goal relaxes expectations that current species ranges will remainconstant, or that population abundances, distribution, species compositions anddominances should remain stable. Allowing fundamental ecosystem processes to operatewithin forested landscapes will be critical. Management and political institutionswill have to acknowledge and embrace uncertainty in the future since we aremoving into a time period with few analogs and inevitably, there will be surprises.

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  • 1 - sciences appliquees, technologies et medecines
  • 2 - sciences biologiques et medicales
  • 3 - sciences biologiques fondamentales et appliquees. psychologie
  • 4 - phytopathologie. zoologie agricole. protection des cultures et des forets
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  • 1 - Health Sciences ; 2 - Medicine ; 3 - Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • 1 - Physical Sciences ; 2 - Environmental Science ; 3 - General Environmental Science
  • 1 - Physical Sciences ; 2 - Energy ; 3 - Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
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  • 1 - science ; 2 - meteorology & atmospheric sciences
  • 1 - science ; 2 - environmental sciences
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Environmental Research Letters

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