Climate Change

2015 Resolutions

The following resolutions were approved on September 15, 2015 at the Annual Meeting in Olympic Valley, California.

Resolution 2015-01—Tax Reform. This resolution adopts the policy statement, “Tax Policy and its Relationship to Managing and Protecting the Nation’s Forest Resource.”            

Policy Statement 2015-01—Tax Reform. This policy statement was adopted by resolution 2015-01.

What does climate change mean for tropical island forests?

A new Climate Change Resource Center topic page summarizes some of the climate change impacts and management considerations for tropical island forests managed in part by the United States.

Authors from the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station and International Institute of Tropical Forestry partnered to create this online resource.

Vermont Produces Guide on Adapting Forests to Climate Change

The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation released a guidebook last month on adapting forests for climate changes.
The guidebook, titled "Creating and Maintaining Resilient Forests in Vermont: Adapting Forests to Climate Change," was written with the purpose of supplementing current forest management planning and practices with forest-adaptation strategies that are more relevant to the current climate change trends and projections.

The Economist: Save Trees to Save the Environment

Worldwide, more than 5m hectares of jungle are being felled or burned down each year. In some countries, notably Indonesia, the situation is getting even worse.

Over time countries trace a “forest transition curve”. They start in poverty with the land covered in trees. As they get richer, they fell the forest and the curve plummets until it reaches a low point when people decide to protect whatever they have left. Then the curve rises as reforestation begins.

University of Michigan Research Forest Added to Smithsonian Forest Global Earth Observatory

A 57-acre research plot at a University of Michigan forest preserve has been added to the Smithsonian Institution's Forest Global Earth Observatory network.
The plot will assist in the study of tropical and temperate forest function and diversity. The Smithsonian network includes some 4.5 million trees from 8,500 species.

Minnesota Scientist Studying Tropical Vine Connection with Climate Change

Stefan Schnitzer of the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute studies woody vines in the tropical forests of Panama.
The results of his research could have implications for global climate change.
The vines, Schnitzer discovered, reduce the carbon intake of the forests by preventing the trees from growing, allowing more carbon to remain in the atmosphere where it can wreak havoc on the environment.

Read About the Effect of Climate Change on Red Spruce

Red spruce (Picea rubens) is a tree species that researchers once thought was doomed because of acid rain. Measurements of the basal area of red spruce in New England have shot up in recent years, and while climate change is near the top of the list of theories for why, scientists have yet to determine how much of the growth is due to warmer temperatures and more CO2.

Money growing on trees

Trees are often considered to be expensive-to-maintain assets with little value outside of hard-to-maintain aesthetics. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District thinks otherwise: in a city that reaches temperatures of 113 degrees, they’ve found that subsidizing the planting of more than 500,000 trees is an efficient way to cut energy costs. Shaded buildings use 25-40 percent less energy during the summer: and new data from the U.S.