State service foresters' attitudes toward using climate and weather information when advising forest landowners

J. Stuart Carlton, James R. Angel, Songlin Fei, Matthew Huber, Tomas M. Koontz, Brian J. Macgowan, Nathan D. Mullendore, Nicholas Babin, Linda S. Prokopy

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Abstract

Climate change threatens the health of global forests. Integrating climate information into forest management can help with climate change adaptation but doing so requires extensive engagement between scientists, practitioners, and decisionmakers. Forestry advisors are an important source of forest management information for many private landowners. However, little is known about forestry advisors' attitudes toward using and delivering climate and weather information. We surveyed state service foresters in the midwestern United States to assess their information needs and attitudes toward incorporating climate and weather forecasts into their practices. Most respondents (70%) indicated that they could find the short-term weather information they needed to advise landowners. Only 26% indicated that they could find the long-term climate information they needed. A majority of respondents indicated they would be interested in receiving long-term climate information. Results suggest that service foresters are open to using climate forecasts and information. Work needs to be done to ensure that the information presented is valuable to and usable by foresters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-14
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Forestry
Volume112
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Adaptation
  • Climate change
  • Private landowners
  • Service foresters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Plant Science

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