Beetle kill, disease, wildfire, and climate change have the potential to significantly alter the nature of our forest landscape, sometimes rapidly. Whereas bark beetle/disease infestations and wildfires are ecologically important processes of natural disturbance, they can have a wide variety of negative implications for communities. Being aware of these processes and potential outcomes can help communities prepare for and mitigate impacts.
To create a scientifically informed community driven tool which will be used to inform the public and to guide regional land management decisions on both public and private lands. The Landscape Assessment GIS Mapping Project was developed by CSU and Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists to aid the USFS with their management decisions. They will work with us to modify the process down to a local scale providing a picture of current forest conditions, active and proposed treatments and model potential climate change impacts. Community stakeholders will work together to identify community values and locations on the landscape that are of concern.
Higher awareness of natural disturbances and potential changes in the forest landscape due to climate changes will help the community and public land managers make more informed ecologically based decisions of both action and non-action to preserve common values and increase resiliency to potential threats. In addition, stakeholder coordination and collaboration will more effectively guide larger scale management implementation if needed.