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Researchers seek opinions on forest plan

Submitted by Marmian Grimes
Phone: 907-474-7902

10/30/09

An all-day workshop addressing climate change effects on Alaska's forests is planned for Thursday, Nov. 5.

The Scenarios Network for Alaska Planning and the USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station will host the workshop, which will be held via videoconference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 5 in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Juneau and Sitka. The goals of the climate change impacts on forested ecosystems of Alaska research are to review and synthesize existing knowledge, provide a baseline and scenarios of change and identify data gaps and uncertainties.

The workshop is an opportunity to engage with the core research team to let them know what issues are important and how the issues can be addressed so the report is relevant and useful. For more information e-mail Angie Floyd at angelica.floyd@alaska or call 907-474-2424.

In Fairbanks, the location is on the UAF campus, Room 204 Butrovich Building, 910 Yukon Drive. In Anchorage, it is the Gordon W. Hartlieb Hall, AV Lab 101 on the UAA campus. In Juneau, it is the UAS Egan Library, room 113. The Sitka location is 1332 Seward Ave., Room 206.

Presenters/facilitators will be SNAP director Scott Rupp and Teresa Hollingsworth, a research ecologist for the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Station and an affiliate assistant professor for SNRAS.

CONTACT: Teresa Hollingsworth, assistant professor for the UAF School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences and research ecologist for the USDA Forest Service PNW Research Station, 907-474-2424; thollingsworth@fs.fed.us. Sarah Trainor, stakeholder liaison for the Scenarios Network for Alaska Planning, at 907-474-7878 or e-mail sarah.trainor@alaska.edu.