SENR faculty members David Hix and Stephen Matthews are contributors to a recently released U.S. Forest Service vulnerability assessment. The assessment, a report of the Central Appalachians Climate Change Response Framework Project, describes the effects of climate change already observed in Central Appalachian forests, projected changes in the climate and the landscape, and forest vulnerabilities for nine forest ecosystem types in a 29-million-acre area of Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland. Nearly 50 scientists and forest managers contributed to the assessment. The Central Appalachian Assessment is one in a series of ecoregional vulnerability assessments that have been completed or are underway.
Read more about the Assessment on the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station's website.
To view the full report, download Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for the Central Appalachians.
Photo of Sugar Maple courtesy of David Hix.