Climate Change and Mt. Hood's Forests

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

A warmer climate has major implications for forest ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest. Join Bark in welcoming Clackamas Stewardship Partners (CSP) on Tuesday, February 23 for a timely and informative presentation by Jessica Halofksy (Director of Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center and National Wildfire Coordinating Group, U.S. Forest Service) and David L. Peterson (Emeritus Senior Scientist, U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station and Professor, University of Washington, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences).

In this presentation David and Jessica will discuss the effects of climate change on:

  • tree growth and productivity
  • species distribution and abundance, and
  • disturbances such as wildfire and insect outbreaks.

They will also summarize highlights of a new assessment of the effects of climate change in the Mt. Hood National Forest and options for improving the resilience of ecosystems to climatic variability and change. 

David and Jessica produced a recent paper Changing Wildfire, Changing Forests: A Synthesis on the Effects of Climate Change on Fire Regimes and Vegetation in the Pacific Northwest

CSP is a forest collaborative organization focusing on forest management opportunities and challenges in the Clackamas Basin.

Since this Zoom presentation will be limited to 100 participants, early registration is encouraged.  

Register here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. For additional information about this presentation contact CSP Facilitator Robert Roth by email or call (503) 657-9112 

Then and now photo comparison documenting the glacier loss on Mt. Hood. The photo from 1985 shows approximately equal parts ice to exposed rock whereas in 2002, much more of the exposed mountain peak shows through a substantial loss of icepack.