Presentation given by Sandy Wilmot, Climate Change Program Manager with the VT Dept. of Forests, Parks, & Recreation at the 3rd Annual VT Tree Stewards Conference on October 18, 2014.
Presentation description: Forests are an invaluable economic and environmental resource of Vermont. Climate change will likely affect many forest functions that humans rely on, including clean water, recreational opportunities, forest products, wildlife habitat, and colorful fall foliage. Some forest impacts are already occurring and others are expected as current forests try to adapt to environmental changes and a new forest evolves. Taking proactive steps now will help protect what we have while we assist forest adaptation into a new, uncertain future forest. This presentation will start with information on recent trends in Vermont’s climate then focus on ways to assess forest and tree vulnerabilities, and implement strategies to build resilient, adaptable forests.