Get in the Zone – Seed Zones, Seed Transfer Guidelines, and the Target Plant Concept

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Presenter: Carolyn C. Pike

Format: E-Learning

CEUs:

ISA BCMA Management: 1

Climber Specialist: 0

ISA Certified Arborist: 1

Utility Specialist: 0

Municipal Specialist: 1

Aerial Lift Specialist: 0

Course Description:

The attention devoted to tree seed and seedlings has exploded in the last few years in large part because of desires to increase carbon fixation through reforestation efforts across the globe. The reforestation industry, as a whole, has experienced steady declines since peaking in the mid-1980s. As nursery capacity shifts to address growing demands, predicated on increased collections of tree seed, forest managers also face the reality that the survival of planted trees is dependent on factors beyond the shovel: matching the correct stock type, species, and seed source to the site along with providing maintenance and care for small seedlings. I will first discuss the Target Plant Concept as a framework for land managers to improve the success of reforestation. Second, I will discuss the concept of seed zones and their utility across the United States. Finally, I will discuss the concept of seed transfer guidelines, and how it fits within the framework of the Target Plant Concept, considering current and future climates.

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