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Digging through the Toolbox: Promoting Forest Persistence via Established Practices

Sarah Bisbing, Assistant Professor, Whittell Forest & Wildlife Area Director, University of Nevada, Reno

Jan 31 2022 | 11:00am to 12:00pm PT Bren Hall 1414 / Online

Sarah Bisbang stands with a child on her back in a forest
Sarah Bisbing



Dr. Bisbing will be presenting in person at Bren. Join us in Bren Hall 1414 (masks and Covid-19 symptom screening required) or watch online using this link and passcode forest


California forests are a stage upon which the compounding effects of historic management practices, altered disturbance regimes, and rapid climate change are playing out in real time. We, as California’s forest stewards, have the knowledge and tools to build resilience and adaptive capacity into our forests to both restore them to their fire-adapted state and better prepare them for the uncertain climate and disturbance conditions of the future. In this talk, I will present a series of case studies from a variety of California forest ecosystems—coastal closed pine to Sierra mixed-conifer—where forest managers are proactively applying silvicultural tools to promote forest persistence in the face of rapid and extreme change.


Sarah Bisbing is an Assistant Professor of Forest Ecosystem Science at the University of Nevada Reno as well as the Director of the Whittell Forest & Wildlife Area, UNR’s school forest. Sarah joined UNR in 2017 after four years as an Assistant Professor at Cal Poly SLO. She has a B.S. and M.S. in Forestry from the University of Montana and a PhD in Ecology from Colorado State University. Sarah’s research aims to quantify the influence of locally adapted traits as well as altered climate and disturbance on forest resilience and long-term persistence potential.

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