Pepperwood presenting at May 11th National Parks Science Symposium

Pepperwood’s President & CEO, Dr. Lisa Micheli, is presenting at the Bay Area National Parks 2017 Science and Natural Resources Symposium in San Francisco on May 11th. Dr. Micheli is co-chair of our Terrestrial Biodiversity Climate Change Collaborative (TBC3), a vibrant collective of university, non-profit and government experts focused on bringing the best available science to inform climate adaptation strategies for natural resources in California’s Coast Ranges and beyond. At the National Parks Science Symposium, Dr. Micheli and members of TBC3 will share their latest science-based tools designed to help guide park and open space management decisions in the face of climate change.


Members of Pepperwood’s TBC3 at the Dwight Center for Conservation Science

Background: TBC3 brings science to land managers

In February of 2017, Pepperwood and the UC Berkeley Ackerly Lab hosted a workshop connecting our TBC3 science team directly with managers from local agencies, land trusts, and other groups. This workshop pioneered a scenario-based approach to adaptive management of our forests, and provided critical feedback needed to refine a set of Climate Ready tools produced in partnership with the Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority to help managers better understand fire and drought risks to forest health in the face of a changing climate. The workshop also tapped into TBC3 models that project the potential declines of existing species and the potential arrivals of new species—both desirable and undesirable—on our lands. Pepperwood will provide ongoing support as science adviser to interested land managers through our Fire Mitigation and Forest Health Initiative network.

TBC3 at the National Parks Science Symposium

On May 11th, Dr. Micheli and members of TBC3 will share the latest climate tools available to Bay Area park and open space managers. They’ll also discuss the process for a day-long interactive workshop—modeled after the February 2017 pilot workshop at Pepperwood referenced above—that can provide more in-depth, site-specific guidance to natural resource managers. Below is the title and description of TBC3’s May 11th presentation.

Climate Ready Vegetation Management in the Bay Area: Utilizing Scenarios to Engage Land Managers

Translating climate change projections into informed conservation action is both an immediate priority and also a “wicked” problem given the uncertainties about the timing, location, and nature of future impacts. In 2012, we created the Terrestrial Biodiversity Climate Change Collaborative (TBC3), a group of hydrologists, climate scientists, ecologists and conservation planners dedicated to advancing the science, communication and application of climate change science to inform open space conservation in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. The goals of this interactive session are to educate participants about new TBC3 tools available to Bay Area park and open space managers, to relate climate projections to tangible park vegetation management questions using narrative scenarios, and to give a taste of what a full day workshop experience is like for participants or organizations who may seek a deeper dive into these materials to inform their own site-specific adaptive management plans.

TBC3 members presenting at this session include:

LISA MICHELI, President & CEO, Pepperwood
DAVID D. ACKERLY, Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California Berkeley
NAIA MORUETA-HOLME, Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California Berkeley
SAM VELOZ, Climate Adaptation Group Director, Point Blue Conservation Science
NICOLE HELLER, Director, Conservation Science, Peninsula Open Space Trust

Click here to visit the National Parks Science Symposium website.

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