Paul Hennon & David D'Amore, US Forest Service
Some ecosystems such as those in the arctic or deserts are driven by extreme climates, and these areas may be particularly sensitive to deleterious effects of climate change. However, the moderate temperate climates of the North Pacific Coast are experiencing a critical shift in the form of precipitation with more rain and less snow as winter temperatures warm beyond the freezing threshold. Yellow-cedar decline in coastal Alaska and British Columbia serves as an example of how this shift of a reduction in snow interacts with landscape features and the specific vulnerability of a species to cause widespread tree death. This webinar features scientists describing how they untangled climate and ecological characteristics of yellow-cedar to solve the mystery of the dying yellow-cedar forests. This new knowledge then became the foundation for a strategy to adapt the long-term conservation and management to ensure the viability of this valuable tree.