Panel Will Discuss Coastal Forests and Climate Change
Provided by Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition
How might climate change with its predicted increases in temperature affect our coastal forests? Will we see more fires, less water storage or new species? How can we proactively manage our forests to prepare for climate change?
The Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition is hosting a panel of experts who will address these questions and more on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m. in the Lincoln City Community Center (2150 N.E. Oar Pl.). The event is free and open to the public.
The panel discussion will feature three speakers.
Dr. Heather Lintz, a senior researcher with the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI), studies the relationship of climate change and the distribution of tree species. She also investigates ecological thresholds, climate extremes and climate variability as they affect forests. She will provide an overview of potential climate change impacts to forests.
Dr. Glenn Howe of the Oregon State University College of Forestry and the Western Forests Climate Change Taskforce will address how forests can be managed to adapt to changing conditions. He brings with him a background in forest genetics.
Duncan Berry, of Ecosystem Services based in Otis, will discuss mitigation strategies that aim to wed local economic and ecological interests. Berry has spent a career pursuing various aspects of “green” business. Most recently he has been working on creating on-the-ground projects that demonstrate that the future of our coastal lands is rooted in a “generative” and not an “extractive” economy.
This is the third in a series of public lectures and discussions hosted by Oregon Shores’ Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project. This public education campaign is part of a grassroots pilot project in Lincoln County exploring the issue of adaptation to climate change. Beginning in June, teams of county citizens have met to examine potential climate-related impacts to this region, assist with broad public education, and draft plans for adaptive measures at the city and county level.
Paris Edwards, Oregon Shores’ volunteer coordinator, will speak briefly before the panel discussion to describe the project and how to get involved.
Volunteers are still welcome to join the “core teams” of citizen planners. All county residents and property owners are invited to join a growing network of those interested in learning more and being part of the conversation about climate change.
For more information contact Paris Edwards at (541) 414-9371, or firstname.lastname@example.org