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Changing Climates and Forest Insect Impacts in the Northeastern U.S.
November 17, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
This is part of the Forest Ecology and Mangament Webinar Series
Registration link coming on November 12…
November 17, 2020
1:00 – 2:00 ET
Presenter: Kevin J. Dodds, Forest Entomologist, U.S. Forest Service, Forest Health Protection
Forests in the northeast face an array of threats, with invasive species and changing climates at the forefront. Warming climates have been implicated in the spread of both native and invasive forest insects. Increased frequency of storms and the severity of these events can create opportunities for bark beetles and other insects to build damaging populations. Increased drought and tree stress result in less resilient trees that can succumb to defoliators and other organisms. Kevin will discuss three projects related to climate and insects, including:
- range expansions,
- severe windstorms, and
- the interaction of drought, tree stress, and defoliation on hardwood forests.