Silviculture's Secret Sauce
Lowland forests have
always been a bit of a mystery to us foresters and silviculturists, at least
here in the Lake States. Disturbance regimes are not well understood, and
effective silvicultural systems not well developed. The swamps and floodplains
can also be difficult places to actively manage when access is limited, and
timber values are low. But increasing research and management attention
is being paid to these important forests as invasive species, such as Emerald
Ash Borer, and the impacts of climate change threaten ecosystem function and
productivity. Today on SilviCast we talk with Marcella
Windmuller-Campione, Assistant Professor of Silviculture at the University of
Minnesota about her research in the swamps and floodplains of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Can we find silviculture’s secret sauce to help us restore these complicated
Guest: Marcella Windmuller-Campione, Ph.D.