Forest Service Prepares for Climate Change

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More invasive species, greater variability in rainfall and changes in temperature are just some of the effects of global warming that will change the nation's forests, the U.S. Forest Service's deputy chief for research told reporters Thursday in Asheville.

How the U.S. Forest Service and other land management agencies deal with these changes is part of a new strategy by the federal agency that seeks to adapt, mitigate and respond to the effects of climate change.

….(Ann) Bartuska was in Asheville to discuss the agency's strategy and the role the Southern Research Station, headquartered here, will play in it.

The research station includes 19 experimental forests, including Bent Creek, and 20 laboratories in 12 states that work on forest ecosystem restoration, management, forest health, forest watershed and natural resource monitoring.