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Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change Project Now Underway

A new study is underway in New Hampshire's northwoods that will further our understanding of management options for climate change adaptation. The Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) project is a collaborative effort among scientists and land managers to develop a network of experimental silvicultural trials in different forest ecosystem types throughout the United States, and the Second College Grant, located in the Northern Forest region of New Hampshire and owned and managed by Dartmouth College, is one of five ASCC study sites. The project was initiated last fall and launched into full-force this spring with pre-treatment data collection. Timber harvests began this summer to implement forest management treatments demonstrating the three adaptation options of resistance, resilience, and transition. Scientists and managers will be planting tree species that have been identified as future-adapted for the transition treatment next spring, which includes northern red oak, bitternut hickory, eastern white pine, eastern hemlock, basswood, black birch, bigtooth aspen, and chestnut. To learn more about the Second College Grant ASCC project, contact the Site Leads Tony D'Amato or Chris Woodall.

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Northeast Climate Science Center Webinar Series

The Northeast Climate Science Center has a great lineup of interesting webinars scheduled for this fall. Topics will include invasive species, maple syrup production, and forest adaptation.

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Evaluating Intraspecific Variation and Environmental Heterogeneity to Identify Seed Sources and Conservation Corridors Online Lecture

The eighth in the Eastern Seed Zone Forum's online lecture and discussion series aimed at providing both information about the creation of seed zones in general and a forum in which professionals, experts, and interested parties discuss the possibility of drafting seed zone guidelines for the eastern United States. Anantha Prasad, USDA Forest Service, will evaluate current and future habitat-fitness and colonization potential of intraspecific genetic zones from inferred evolutionary lineages. He will also illustrate how the colonization of suitable habitats can be modeled opportunistically in the landscape to identify potential future conservation corridors.

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2018 Local Solutions: Eastern Climate Preparedness Conference

This conference will cover a range of climate preparedness and resiliency issues such as: sea level rise, urban heat, and both coastal and inland flooding issues. The conference is geared for small government planners and decision-makers striving to create healthy resilient communities with how to better handle severe weather and climate impacts. This conference guides local government planners on how to make climate resilience an aspect of their daily operations.

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Climate Academy Online Course

This 8 week online course is designed to cover the fundamentals of climate science, provide an overview of tools and resources for climate adaptation, and increase climate literacy and communication skills. The course is designed to encourage networking among conservation professionals engaged in the management of fish, wildlife, habitat and cultural resources and provides participants an opportunity to interact with experts as they address case studies across multiple habitat types.

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Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices Online Training

The popular Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices training will be available as an online, seven-week course for natural resource professionals working in New England and New York. Participants will use the Adaptation Workbook to create their own adaptation plans.

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American Fisheries Society Newsletter

The AFS recently put out their newsletter for the month of October. See what the headlines are over at the American Fisheries Society...

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Fall/Winter Invasive Plant Training Sessions

Please join the Blue Ridge PRISM to learn how to identify and manage invasive plant species during the fall and winter seasons. Training will consist of classroom and field portions and will emphasize management practices to implement during the fall and winter.

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Fall/Winter Invasive Plant Training Sessions

Please join the Blue Ridge PRISM to learn how to identify and manage invasive plant species during the fall and winter seasons. Training will consist of classroom and field portions and will emphasize management practices to implement during the fall and winter.

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Fall/Winter Invasive Plant Training Sessions

Please join the Blue Ridge PRISM to learn how to identify and manage invasive plant species during the fall and winter seasons. Training will consist of classroom and field portions and will emphasize management practices to implement during the fall and winter.

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TN & KY Managers - AppLCC NatureScape Training

Find here information on the upcoming meeting with AppLCC staff and TN & KY Managers. Date: September 26th Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm Location: Land Between the Lakes - Administration Building, 100 Van Morgan Drive, Golden Pond, KY

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Recovery: Farm Bill Provides Hope for the Cerulean Warbler

Recovery: Farm Bill Provides Hope for the Cerulean Warbler

With funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) available from the Farm Bill’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture (a partnership of state and federal agencies and NGOs including The Nature Conservancy) is helping private land owners restore cerulean habitat. Check out the original article at the Nature Conservancy's Cool Green Science blog: https://blog.nature.org/science/2017/08/15/recovery-farm-bill-provides-hope-for-the-cerulean-warbler/

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region Updates Federal Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region has recently published their quarterly update to the Federal Endangered Species Act. ESA Update #22 includes recovery planning and implementation methods, new Habitat Conservation Plans, information on reclassification, and other changes to the ESA.

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New Article on the Influence of Arsenic and Sulfate on Freshwater Mussel Gene Expression

Results of the work on gene expression in mussels exposed to coal-related toxic substances has reached the literature.

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The Soft Things - article from Oxford American

Find here a beautiful article on freshwater mussels written by Holly Haworth

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Central Appalachians FLN Annual Workshop

Mark your calendars for our 2017 workshop and stay tuned for more information about lodging, registration and topics to follow soon.

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“Report Card” to Assess Current Conditions, Ecological Health of Natural Resources in Tennessee River Basin

The Appalachian LCC is supporting researchers from the University of Maryland in developing an assessment of ecological health, or a “Report Card”, for the Tennessee River Basin.

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Workshops Introduce New Way to Evaluate Changes to Benefits of Nature

Workshops Introduce New Way to Evaluate Changes to Benefits of Nature

The Appalachian LCC and the U.S. Forest Service held its initial workshops introducing a new way of evaluating ecosystem change and resilience via the Landscape Dynamics Assessment Tool (LanDAT).

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Integrating Cultural Resources into Regional Conservation Planning

Integrating Cultural Resources into Regional Conservation Planning

A collaborative research project sponsored by the Appalachian LCC, the National Park Service, and Penn State University (PSU) is integrating cultural resources, such as historic bridges and Civil War Battlefields, into landscape conservation planning and design.

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