Forward-Looking Forest Restoration Under Climate Change—Are U.S. Nurseries Ready?
Version of Record online: 9 DEC 2010
© 2010 Society for Ecological Restoration International
Volume 19, Issue 3, pages 295–298, May 2011
How to Cite
Tepe, T. L. and Meretsky, V. J. (2011), Forward-Looking Forest Restoration Under Climate Change—Are U.S. Nurseries Ready?. Restoration Ecology, 19: 295–298. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2010.00748.x
- Issue online: 25 APR 2011
- Version of Record online: 9 DEC 2010
- forest restoration;
- restoration planting;
- state nurseries
The pace of climate change suggests that restoration efforts once focused on past conditions should become more forward-looking. Suggestions for such restoration emphasize the use of a suite of species adapted to a range of possible future climates. In forest restoration, opportunities for forward-looking restoration may be limited by the availability of suitable stock from state and commercial nurseries. Presently, most state nurseries have stock potentially suited to warmer climates than currently exist in their states. However, these nurseries are generally not actively incorporating information about climate change into their stocking choices and some see clear obstacles to providing such stock, particularly uncertainty about the future climate, and the existence of seed zones and other policies designed to protect locally adapted species genetics. As restoration ecologists adapt their methods to incorporate climate change, state nurseries should be involved in those discussions and may be important partners in outreach.