Forest disturbances such as fire, insect and disease are forecast to continue and accelerate throughout the region. Loss of snowpack and changes in hydrology are changing especially in low elevation and high elevation forests.
Learn more about climate change impacts on forested ecosystems by clicking the associated links below:
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Check out these great synthesis documents on how climate change effects forest systems:
Kliejunas, John T. 2011. A risk assessment of climate change and the impact of forest diseases on forest ecosystems in the Western United States and Canada. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-236. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. 70 p.
Vose, James M.; Peterson, David L.; Patel-Weynand, Toral, eds. 2012. Effects of climatic variability and change on forest ecosystems: a comprehensive science synthesis for the U.S. forest sector. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-870. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 265 p.
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