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Mary Williams, Michigan Technological University, miwillia@mtu.edu (Presenter)
R. Kasten Dumroese, USDA Forest Service, kdumroese@fs.fed.us
Martin F. Jurgensen, Michigan Technological University, mfjurgen@mtu.edu

 

We reviewed literature addressing seed and plant transfer guidelines in the matter of climate change. In our inventory of more than 400 peer-reviewed journal articles, we determined how many articles just deliver “ideas” compared with how many deliver concrete guidelines useful to land managers. We found a lack of native plant transfer guidelines and seed transfer zone delineations, as well as disconnect between habitats identified as susceptible and the number of publications dealing with transfer guidelines for these areas. In the matter of climate change, we identified five overwhelming needs: 1) increased coordination and cooperation among land owners, stakeholders, managers, practitioners, and researchers, 2) improved identification of systems at risk to guide planning future management decisions, 3) incorporation of climate change in restoration planning and practices (e.g., nursery or silvicultural operations), 4) new or improved seed and plant material transfer guidelines, especially for woody species and herbaceous plants that are critical to the function and structure of forest systems, and 5) practices that lead to sustainable operations.