How is your project connected to climate change?
Climate change is causing significant stress on our forests. As climate change continues, forestry practices will need to be adapted in order to accommodate the increasing stress this change is having on the health and productivity of our forests.
Forests are repositories of biodiversity (for example, wildlife, trees, plants, fungi, microbes) and they store carbon (for example, in trees, plants, soils, and logs) helping offset rising atmospheric CO2 levels. Diverse forests have been shown to store more carbon than monocultures. Biodiversity and carbon storage are thus indicators of forest health. The Mother Tree Project is studying how these properties are affected by climate change and forest harvesting.
By experimenting with a range of forestry practices in different climates, the Mother Tree Project aims to identify successful practices within each climatic region. These practices can then be applied in regions where the climate is expected to become similar to the experimental sites.