12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
SAB 1-36, SAB, Edmonton
Forest Sustainability: Policy, social values and climate change
Tuesday, Jan. 14
With the news dominated by the horrible, climate-driven wildfires in Australia, Dr. Lieffers’ lecture is unfortunately way more relevant today than it would have been in November.
Partly the result of record drought and heat, these fires are consuming forests that may never be able to grow back in a radically changed landscape. We could be watching a tipping point, as millions of acres of Australian forest turn to brush or grassland.
It’s a transformation that could strike Alberta too. According to Dr. Lieffers:
“In the last ten years, fire has burnt about 2.5 to 3 times the area which has been logged [and] mountain pine beetle has destroyed 10 times the area which would normally be logged.
“We predict Alberta will have a massive shift in forest composition — grassland development will take over the boreal forest.”
If you want to know more about what climate change has in store for Alberta’s forests, read our interview with Victor Lieffers, and don’t miss his lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at noon in SAB 1-36.