Forest Experts Discuss Management, Future During Two-Day Event

March 06, 2014

MISSOULA – Renowned forest scientists will discuss the future of forests and forest management during the College of Forestry and Conservation’s Plum Creek Lecture Series at the University of Montana. Lectures will be held Thursday and Friday, March 27-28, in the University Center Theater and are free and open to the public.

Speakers include Richard Waring from Oregon State University, Hugh Safford from the University of California-Davis and David Peterson from the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station.    

This year’s annual Plum Creek Lecture Series is held in conjunction with the Northwest Scientific Association’s 85th annual conference. Registration and payment is required for the Northwest Scientific Association portion of the events, but all Plum Creek Lecture Series events are free.

The schedule of free events is:

Thursday, March 27:

  • 9 a.m.: Plenary speaker Richard Waring of Oregon State University: “Managing Forests in Continual Transition: A Challenge Calling for Interactive Models, Remote Sensing and Field Verification.”
  • 10:30-11:10 a.m.: Janneke Hille Ris Lambers of University of Washington: “Implications of Climate Change for Turnover in Forest Composition: A Case Study from Mt. Rainier National Park.”
  • 11:10-11:50 a.m.: James Lutz of Utah State University: “The Value of Observation: Longitudinal Data and Ecosystem Change.”
  • 11:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Crystal Kolden of University of Idaho: “Climate Drivers of Forest Pattern: Development of Wildfire Refugia.”
  • 1:40-2:20 p.m.: Jake Verschuyl of the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement: “Does Available Energy Influence Avian Response to Key Forest Stand Habitat Features?”
  • 2:20-3 p.m.: Travis Belote The Wilderness Society: “Hedging Against an Uncertain Future: Forest Preservation and Conservation in the Anthropocene.”

Friday, March 28:

  • 10:10-10:50 a.m.: Derek Churchill of University of Washington: “Integrating Silviculture and Landscape Ecology: A Framework for Multi-Scale Forest Management.”
  • 10:50-11:30 a.m.: Hugh Safford of University of California, Davis: “Past, Present, and Future in the Forests of California’s Sierra Nevada: Variability in Forest Response to Environmental Change, and the Role of Management in Promoting Ecosystem Resilience.”
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.: David Peterson of the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station: “Accelerating Climate Change Adaptation in Forest Ecosystems: Principles and Paradigm Shifts.”

The Plum Creek Distinguished Lecture Series was funded through a gift to the University of Montana from Plum Creek Timber Co. in 1994. 

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Contact: Andrew Larson, UM assistant professor and Plum Creek Lecture Series committee chair, 406-243-5532,