Coastal Mountains Nature Program hosts an online presentation titled “The Future Forest of Coastal Maine” on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m. Presented by Dr. Nicholas Fisichelli and co-hosted by the Camden Public Library, the program will be held on the Zoom meeting platform.
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Dr. Fisichelli, president and CEO of the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, will discuss research efforts to understand forest responses to climate change and climate adaptation frameworks to guide management actions.
Ongoing and future climate change challenges landowners and managers in the region to protect current and future forest ecosystems. Some tree species will be able to weather these changes and remain part of the landscape; other species may decline due to increasing stress; and still other species currently found further south may expand their ranges north into coastal Maine, according to Coastal Mountain Land Trust, in a news release.
Which species will thrive and which will struggle? Do managers resist change to preserve past conditions or facilitate change towards desired new conditions? These are some of the challenging questions facing science and conservation.
The Coastal Mountains Nature Program is hosted by Coastal Mountains Land Trust. This program presents walks and talks exploring the natural history of Midcoast Maine to educate the public about environment issues and increase opportunities for residents to explore the outdoors.
Coastal Mountains Land Trust has worked since 1986 to permanently conserve land to benefit the natural and human communities of the western Penobscot Bay. The Land Trust manages over 12,000 acres and maintains over 50 miles of permanent trails for public access.