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Assessing the Impacts of Emerald Ash Borer and Adaptation Strategies on Habitat Quality for At Risk Wildlife in Black Ash Forests

Assessing impacts of EAB and adaptive management on habitat quality for at-risk wildlife in black ash forests
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Alexis Grinde


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Black ash wetlands occupy over 1.2 million hectares of forest in the Great Lakes region, providing habitat for unique and diverse wildlife communities. In these wetlands, black ash trees are a foundational species, regulating all aspects of ecosystem function, and are also an important cultural resource for Native Americans, specifically for basket-makers. Black ash wetlands are critically threatened by the interaction of climate change and the invasive emerald ash borer (EAB), which is expected to spread northward and westward into large expanses of black ash with warming winters. These threats present a significant challenge for long-term conservation efforts to preserve ecosystem functions, cultural lifeways, critical wildlife habitat, [...]

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Principal Investigator :
Alexis Grinde
CMS Group :
Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASC) Program
Funding Agency :
Midwest CASC
Co-Investigator :
Robert Slesak, Brian Palik, Anthony D’Amato

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“Snow covered tamarac forest refuge in MI. Photo Credit: USFWS.”
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Snow covered tamarac forest refuge in MI. Photo Credit: USFWS.
Snow covered tamarac forest refuge in MI. Photo Credit: USFWS.


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  • Midwest CASC
  • National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers



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