SS 11 - Large Infrequent Disturbances: Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead

Monday, August 7, 2017: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM
B117, Oregon Convention Center
Virginia H. Dale, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Ólafur Arnalds, Agricultural University of Iceland; Jerry F. Franklin, University of Washington; Ariel E. Lugo, USDA Forest Service; and Monica G. Turner, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Large infrequent disturbance (LIDs) can have significant impacts yet are rarely included in management plans. Anticipating and adapting to LIDs is a challenge. These disturbances include storms, fires, insect outbreaks, droughts, and volcanic eruptions. Comparing across these diverse disturbance types reveals where common approaches to planning and adaptation are effective and where differences occur.  The panel will discuss opportunities and constraints in anticipating and adapting to LIDs and how attention to ecosystem attributes in particular contexts can enhance resilience to future disturbances. Furthermore drivers of these LIDs and responses to them are changing; so LIDs of the past may not predict LIDs of the future. While management actions should be tailored to particular disturbance characteristics and stakeholders’ goals, there are some patterns to possibilities for ecosystem enhancement. The audience will be invited to discuss ways to support proactive ecosystem management and potential actions that can be proposed. An interactive poll will be used to evaluate ways to engage diverse stakeholders in proactive management.
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