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Webinar: Weather Variability and its Impacts on Forest Health


·         Presenters: David Coyle (Southern Regional Extension Forestry and University of Georgia), Steve McNulty (USDA Forest Service, Southeast Regional Climate Hub), and Jennifer Moore-Myers (USDA Forest Service, Southeast Regional Climate Hub)

·         Presentation Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

·         Presentation Time: 1:00pm EDT (10:00am PST)

·         Summary: This webinar will discuss the impact weather and climate have on forest health and productivity.  We will discuss short-and long-term impacts of droughts, floods, winds, and ice on insect and fungal populations and damage in southern forests.  North America has experienced some intenses weather events in recent years, with the drought that occurred in fall 2016 in the southeastern US as the most recent example.  This drought contributed to forest fires that ravaged forested areas across the region, particularly in the Gatlinburg, TN area.  In 2015, Hurricane Matthew brought flooding to much of the Carolinas, and previous hurricanes have impacted natural areas in the same way. An ice storm in 2014 caused severe damage to timber in several Georgia counties.  There is no doubt weather plays a major role in forest health and productivity.  This webinar will cover the impacts of weather on climate and forest health and productivity, resistance and susceptibility to pests, and how we can better manage forests to deal with future weather-related issues.