North Central Washington

Planning for Large-Scale Ecosystem Changes


  1. 1. Can we plan for large-scale ecosystem changes?
  2. 2. What do we mean by change?
  3. 3. What is "large-scale"?
  4. 4. The big picture
  5. 5. Economic impacts
  6. 6. How we got here
  7. 7. Disturbances
  8. 8. Can we manage fire-prone ecosystems without fire?
  9. 9. Setting the stage for a new stand
  10. 10. Stem exclusion stage
  11. 11. 100 years-mixed severity fire
  12. 12. Secondary cohort
  13. 13. Legacy trees
  14. 14. A mosaic after 5,000 years
  15. 15. 100 years-overstory loss
  16. 16. Secondary cohort development
  17. 17. Legacy trees
  18. 18. Research informs
  19. 19. What have we learned?
  20. 20. Expect bark beetles
  21. 21. Bark beetle pathology
  22. 22. Mountain pine beetle galleries
  23. 23. Mountain pine beetle ecology
  24. 24. Language of insects
  25. 25. Verbenone trials
  26. 26. Clerid beetles
  27. 27. Three-toed woodpeckers
  28. 28. This tree is toast
  29. 29. Thinning works
  30. 30. Crown fire potential
  31. 31. Aspen needs fire
  32. 32. Work with nature
  33. 33. Think globally...
  34. 34. Whitebark pine sunset

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Can We Plan for Large-Scale Ecosystem Changes?

This slide show was presented to the Shining Mountains Group of the Colorado Mountain Club in Estes Park Colorado, on November 10, 2007.

The slide show was presented by George Wooten of Twisp, Washington. George is a botanist and biochemist.

The take-home message of this presentation is that large-scale ecosystem changes are inevitable. Society needs to adapt to these changes appropriately. Now is the time for Western Civilization to make a truce and begin a partnership with nature, and stop the rash and futile silliness of trying to fight global catastrophe with the blunt instruments of broad-scale pesticides.

Non-toxic alternatives to beetle epidemics are effective tools for managers to consider. Some of these tools are presented here, including an emphasis on education.

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