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Genetic resources management and climate change: Growing healthy forests for the future

At present, there is no generally applicable national guidance for incorporating climate change impacts into the management of National Forest genetic resources. In the spring of 2010, Forest Service and university geneticists convened to share background information and develop consensus for revising National Forests System genetic resource management guidelines. The goals of the meeting were to 1/ provide information on climate change scenarios and potential effects on vegetation and forest genetic resources, 2/ facilitate the interaction and exchange between climate scientists and geneticists to develop strategies for responding to climate change in Forest Service genetic resource management programs, 3/ identify genetic options for responding to climate change and its effects on vegetation and genetic resources, with an emphasis on the next 5-10 years, 4/ identify gaps related to information, resources, research, and tools needed to manage effectively within a changing climate. A whitepaper on key genetic issues, guidelines, and program gaps/needs in light of climate change is currently under development.


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Author(s): Barbara S. Crane

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