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UC Riverside lecture: Climate change, bark beetles, environmental markets and sustainability
Date:3/23/2010

RIVERSIDE, Calif. Ecosystem ecologist Ann Bartuska will give a free public lecture at the University of California, Riverside on what natural resources managers are doing to respond to climate change and to ensure sustainable forests and grasslands for the future.

Her lecture, titled "Climate Change, Bark Beetles, Environmental Markets and Sustainability: The Changing Face of Forestry and Natural Resources," will take place at 4:10 p.m., April 5, in Bourns Hall, Room A125.

"Forest managers are being faced with disturbance events from wildfires and insect damage that have never been experienced in recent history, largely due to the impacts of climate change and climatic variability," said Bartuska, the deputy chief for research and development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service. "Because of this, land managers need to make decisions that consider a highly uncertain future but lead to forests and grasslands that are resilient in the face of climate change."

Bartuska explained that there is at the same time a desire to keep forests as forests, that is, to reduce the amount of land converted to non-forest uses.

"Fifty-three percent of the surface-derived drinking water in the United States comes from our forests, so management that ensures this resource is available is increasingly valued, just as ensuring a supply of wood has been valued," she said. "To do that, private landowners must have options that enable them to practice sustainable land management and to make the economics work out. One of those options may lie in the environmental marketplace, where landowners accrue financial benefit from having healthy, resilient forests that produce clean water and sequester carbon."

Bartuska recently served as acting USDA deputy undersecretary for natural resources and environment from January 2009 to Oct
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Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside
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