IGN 11-5 - Biodiversity and other species

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
C123, Oregon Convention Center
Bruce G. Marcot1, Karen L. Pope2, Keith Slauson3, Hartwell H. Welsh2, Clara A. Wheeler3, Matthew J. Reilly4 and William Zielinski5, (1)PNW Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Portland, OR, (2)Redwood Sciences Lab, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research station, Arcata, CA, (3)Pacific Southwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service, Arcata, CA, (4)Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, (5)Redwood Sciences Laboratory, USDA Forest Service, Arcata, CA
Much research has been conducted in recent years on various aspects of biodiversity and many taxa associated with old forests within the area of the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP). Challenges remain in maintaining old-forest biodiversity because of imbalances in seral stages, increases in fire severity, climate change influence on forest conditions, and lack of a biodiversity and effectiveness monitoring program. Solutions may include restoring early seral vegetation and a full range of environmental conditions, connecting old-forest reserves through matrix lands and across elevations, continuing species studies, and balancing fuels management with reestablishment of natural disturbances.