Forestry techniques like thinning and gap cuts (small clearcuts of 0.5 to 1 acre in size) are sometimes recommended to increase snowpack, delay snowmelt, and thereby increase soil moisture later into the spring. But local, practical, actionable proof of concept that these methods work in mid-elevation forests in the Pacific Northwest is necessary for these practices to be tried and adopted more widely.
During this webinar, speakers will share the theory and results behind forestry techniques to increase snow accumulation and slow snow melt in Washington forests. We’ll discuss techniques that can increase tree resilience in drought-stressed forests and create more predictable streamflow for PNW watersheds. We’ll also share results from a recent snow monitoring study near Mt. Rainier.
Speakers include Susan E. Dickerson-Lange, PhD, PHG, Principal Hydrologist with Natural Systems Design; Jaal Mann, Lead Forester with Northwest Natural Resource Group (NNRG), and Rowan Braybrook, Director of Programs with NNRG.
Need more info? Visit nnrg.org/climateadaptation.