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Stakeholder Meeting in MN

posted Mar 27, 2014, 8:34 PM by Melissa Lucash   [ updated Jan 20, 2015, 3:33 PM ]
Dr. Scheller, Dr. Lucash, A. Kretchun, Dr. Gustafson and Dr. Sturtevant traveled to MN to meet with Kelly Barrett, Gary Swanson and other forest managers at the Chippewa National Forest. M. Lucash led a discussion about our tree species maps to pinpoint any potential problems and demonstrated the use of our new visualization tool. Hannah Panci outlined our new collaboration with Dr. Niemi to quantify the drivers affecting trends in bird presence/absence data over a 20 year period in the Chippewa National Forest.  This information will be used to develop a bird habitat extension for LANDIS-II.  Finally, the insect session was led by A. Kretchun and B. Sturtevant.  After some discussion, we decided which insects would be most appropriate for our project. To capture the most important insect disturbances at the landscape level, we will simulate both defoliating (e.g. forest tent caterpillar) and bark boring (e.g. 2-lined chestnut borer) insects.  Time permitting, we will also simulate exotic insects (e.g. gypsy moth and emerald ash borer) expected to expand their range into northern MN over the next few decades. 

Melissa Lucash, Alec Kretchun, Eric Gustafson, Rob Scheller and Brian Sturtevant