Diversifying trees may help forests weather impacts of climate change


Shifts in climate and market uncertainty may hamper how effective tree-planting is as a climate-crisis solution. New Zealand researchers, with others, used modelling to explore how diversifying forest management could reduce risks over time from both climate change and the volatility of the forestry market.

Their results suggest forestry would benefit from diversifying from its current one-tree-fits-all state to help mitigate future risks and uncertainties.

The authors say their model can help forest managers to reduce potential future negative effects of climate change and market shifts.

Source: Scion, Victoria University of Wellington, University of Cambridge, UK; University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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