Two new funded projects - yellow cedar decline/harvest and landslides!

Recently we've been successful in pursuing two grants related to forest change in southeast Alaska.

First, the USFS is funding research into the economics of yellow cedar decline harvest - they are terming it salvage, and it's a way for local communities to make some money by harvested cedar killed by the warming climate/low snowpack phenomena which triggers the mortality.  In ecological terms, this is a compound disturbance (mortality + harvest) and we've been awarded a complimentary grant to study the impacts of the decline and the logging together - things like damage to living trees, changes in successional trajectory, etc.  That work begins this summer, and will continue into next summer, partnering with the USFS, the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center, and Sealaska.

The second is with NASA and the National Weather Service to improve landslide forecasting in the forested areas around cities in southeast AK.  While we've started exploring the complexities of landslide + wind interactions at broad scales and many events (see publications), this work will hone in on individual slides for which we have good meteorological data.  Our goal is improved warnings for local towns.  Fun stuff!  That work is primarily this summer and academic year.