Climate Change and Forest Health

Concerns for Forests

Shifts in species distributions

The current distribution of tree species is largely determined by climate. Therefore, with continued changes in our climate, the areas where species thrive will be different in 100 years.

Long lived trees are slow to adapt

Increased rates of change are a concern for forests because trees adapt slowly, over long generation times.

Threats that adapt more quickly

Disease-causing organisms and insect pests can adapt to climate change more quickly than trees because of their short life-cycles.

Climate Change

Global temperatures are changing quickly. The NASA/GISS plot displays the amount of change when compared to the average temperatures from 1951-1980.
Data source: NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). Credit: NASA/GISS

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