Wildfires, climate change and ecosystem services
Submitted by jesler on Thu, 2017-06-22 00:00
As I write this from back home in CDA, the team is still up the North Fork of the CDA River basin. Today's adventures will be up Grassy Mountain and at the trailhead of Trail 20; a 5 mile, non-motorized USFS trail connecting the headwaters of the North Fork between Jordan Camp and Teepee Creek.
Teachers are spending their morning with Will Young from the USFS, and will be exploring the role of wildfires in management of ecosystem servies on federal public lands in North Idaho. Will has been helping with AL@CDA for three years now and has become one of our favorite experts for helping teachers connect workshop content to the classroom!
The afternoon will give teachers an option: continue to work with Will and learn about snorkeling for trout population counts, or, hiking the beginning stretch of Trail 20.
The team will be returning later this evening, so please stay tuned for more detailed blog posts!
Until then, what are your thoughts: How do you think ecosystem services change before and after wildfires on federal public lands? How should land management agencies like ths USFS prepare for how ecosystem services will likey change in North Idaho's forests under climate change? What stakeholders should these managers make sure to consider in these types of decisions?