|Golden Gate Supervisory Vegetation Ecologist Alison Forrestel shares suggested management tools from breakout group discussions after the scenario planning exercise.|
Representatives from Pepperwood’s Terrestrial Biodiversity and Climate Change Collaborative (TBC3) convened a workshop for open space managers and researchers to focus on management responses to vegetation change triggered by a changing climate. Through a scenario planning exercise, participants identified current and new conservation strategies that can be implemented under different future scenarios (e.g., drought-induced oak diebacks, catastrophic fires, or increased precipitation) in response to new plant species arriving or expanding, and existing species declining. In addition, the group evaluated the utility of existing vegetation models as decision support tools for climate-smart open space management in the North Bay. The input provided by participants will now be used to improve TBC3’s Climate Ready Vegetation Reports and Climate Ready Management Implications document.