Expert meeting to discuss yellow-cedar status and Endangered Species review

Together with the Alaska Coastal Rainforest and with funding from US Fish & Wildlife, several experts and interested policy makers from the US and Canada are meeting in Juneau, Alaska next week to discuss yellow-cedar decline, range considerations, protected status, genetic health, and other issues pertaining to the health of the species.  The two day event will be held at the University of Alaska Southeast.  I encourage all to come, or tune in, to the talks - this is a complicated phenomena, with significant implications for any decision made in terms of protected status.

The schedule is below.  It will be in the Rec Center classrooms on the UAS campus.  Contact Brian Buma for call in information.

Schedule:

Tuesday, Oct 24

9:00                  Coffee

9:30                  Welcome and opening notes – Allison Bidlack, Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center and Steve Brockmann, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

9:45 - 10:15      Introductions

 Session 1 – Yellow-Cedar Biology, Adaptations, and Ecological Requirements        

10:15 - 11:00    Deep biology of yellow-cedar – Paul Hennon

11:00 – 11:30   Yellow-cedar: A genetic perspective – Rich Cronn

11:30 - 12:00    A chemical-genomics approach to stress response traits in western red-cedar and yellow-cedar - Jim Mattsson

12:00 – 12:30    Discussion

Session 2 – Current Status, Distribution, and Populations

1:30 - 2:00        Current range and decline model of yellow-cedar:  Development and current status - Brian Buma

2:00 – 2:30       Is climate driving yellow-cedar decline on Haida Gwaii? – Vanessa Comeau

2:30 - 3:00        Young-growth yellow-cedar: Improving our database and monitoring decline – Liz Graham

3:00 – 3:30       Measuring and monitoring extent and severity of yellow-cedar decline in Alaska - Tom Heutte

3:30 – 4:00       No evidence of recent (1995-2013) decrease of yellow-cedar in Alaska, response to questions – Tara Barrett

4:00 - 5:00        Discussion

Wednesday, Oct 25

8:30                  Coffee

Session 3 – Economic and Cultural Uses, Silviculture, and Conservation

9:00 - 9:30        Silviculture and conservation of Alaska yellow-cedar on the Tongass - Sheila Spores

9:30 - 10:00      Status, utilization and silviculture of yellow-cedar on private lands in southeast Alaska – Brian Kleinhenz

10:00 - 10:30    Is yellow-cedar being overtutilized in Alaska? - Sue Bishop

10:30 - 11:00    Discussion

Session 4 - Outlook and Future Scenarios

11:00 - 11:30    Long-term vegetation changes in forests impacted by yellow-cedar decline, future vulnerability, and implications of the climate-induced dieback for human uses and values - Lauren Oakes

11:30 - 12:00    Research and monitoring opportunities in managed and unmanaged landscapes that correspond with yellow-cedar’s health status - Paul Hennon

1:00 – 1:30       Microclimate drivers of decline, regeneration, and forest compositional shifts in yellow-cedar forests of southeast Alaska – Sarah Bisbing

1:30 – 2:00       Yellow-cedar regeneration at the edges of its range - John Krapek

2:00 – 2:30       Chasing the grey ghosts: Ecological anomalies of Haida Gwaii cause a conservation planning nightmare – Nick Reynolds

2:30 - 3:00        Nightmare on cedar street? Climate projections for yellow-cedar mortality across the entire range - Brian Buma

3:00 – 5:00       Discussion: Remaining Questions and Research Needs