Forest managers in the United States must respond to the need for climate-adaptive strategies in the face of uncertain climatic change. However, before we can change the way we approach forest management for sustaining ecosystems, we must develop a better understanding of on-the-ground forest adaptation strategies and their effectiveness in preparing local forest ecosystems to accommodate climate change. Three common adaptive silviculture options discussed in the context of climate change are: creating resistance, promoting resilience, and facilitating forests’ response to change (i.e., transition). The Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) project was designed to translate these adaptation options into on-the-ground, operational-scale research through a multi-region network of replicated sites testing ecosystem-specific climate change treatments across a gradient of adaptive approaches. Here we highlight the key management and scientific questions we hope to address through this long-term silviculture research, the decision-making framework we employed to develop a suite of adaptation treatments for five contrasting forest types, a discussion of the variability in implementation of the adaptation treatments for each ASCC site, and the contributions and impacts of this collaborative, multi-region network of scientists and land managers.
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