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Drought and Invasive Species Webinar

Event Date & Time

Thursday, 2017, September 14 - 2:00pm

Drought creates the potential for invasive plant species to increase in diversity and abundance in a variety of ecosystems, often mediated by the occurrence of disturbances (wildfire, insect outbreaks).  Because the frequency and magnitude of droughts will increase in a warmer climate, scientific information on drought effects is needed to inform management and planning to ensure long-term sustainability of forest and rangeland ecosystems. This webinar will explore (1) current issues related to the effects of drought on invasive species, (2) examples of drought-related impacts on ecosystems, and (3) management options for increasing resilience. Sponsored by the USDA Office for Sustainability and Climate.

The webinar takes place at 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT. Presentations include:

  • Drought, wildfire, and invasive plant species in Western forests: Jon Keeley (U.S. Geological Survey, Three Rivers, CA)
  • Drought and invasive plant species in Eastern forests: Cynthia Huebner (U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Morgantown, WV)
  • Wicked problems: drought and invasive annual grasses: Louisa Evers (Bureau of Land Management, Portland, OR)

For more information and the link to the webinar, visit http://www.climatewebinars.net/webinars/drought-invasives 
Questions? Contact Lois Ziemann, lziemann@fs.fed.us