Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change Internship
Warner College of Natural Resources
Forest and Rangeland Stewardship
While partner engagement is high within individual projects, engaging broader audiences surrounding climate adaptation in forest management is more difficult. This internship position will help produce an outreach and engagement plan, which includes easily disseminated outreach materials that summarize ASCC forest management treatments, with special attention to differentiating resistance, resilience and transition adaptation approaches and climate-adaptive forest management actions.
Goals, Scope and Objectives:
The overarching goals of this internship position are to:
• Assess and summarize applied research related to climate change adaptation and forest management in Colorado;
• Provide a bridge between scientists/practitioners/land managers and diverse audiences interested in climate-adaptive forest management strategies;
• Develop communications plans for both foresters, silviculturists, and scientists within the ASCC Network and external audiences including foresters in the natural resources field interested in learning more about climate-adaptive forest management demonstrations; and
• Effectively communicate lessons learned from the ASCC Network sites with diverse audiences interested in applying climate adaptation actions in on-the-ground management.
With which stakeholder group(s) will the intern work?
What student learning outcomes do you anticipate and what are the opportunities for professional development?
● Gain considerable understanding in the world of climate adaptive silviculture, from the use of silvicultural and ecological terminology, to an understanding of how climate change will impact different forest-types;
● Receive first-hand experience in working collaboratively across multiple organizations to meet common goals of the ASCC Network;
● Gain experience with assessing and summarizing applied research related to climate change in Colorado;
● Gain experience in effective communication, especially of scientific insight, to provide a bridge between scientists/practitioners/land managers and diverse audiences; and
● Incorporate climate communication into on-the-ground community work.