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Climate Change Research at the USDA Forest Service: What We Have Learned over the last 20 Years

This Web Seminar took place on May 4, 2011 from 8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Carlos Rodriquez-Franco, US Forest Service Research and Development Forest Management Sciences staff director and Vicki Arthur, Conservation Education Specialist with the USDA Forest Service. The presentation talked about what has been learned from the data in the past twenty years with regard to climate related changes in the forests of the United States.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Franco presented information from the research of United States forests over the past twenty years. He talked about the challenges that forests are facing such as, fire, insects and regional shifts in species and the relationship of these issue to the changing climate. Vicki Arthur showed participants activities from a new addition of the Natural Inquirer that related to the forest challenges about which Dr. Rodriguez-Franco spoke.

Forty-three (43) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. In addition, two participants attended the web seminar from locations outside the United States: Germany, Turkey.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I teach natural and environmental science and believe that climate change is essential for students to understand. However, many climate change resources focus specifically on coastal or Polar Regions. This presentation gave me information that I can use that is relevant to where I live by discussing fire, drought, and insect infestation as climate change issues.”
  • “It gave me more information about climate change and the effects on our earth.”
  • “The climate change info accumulated by the forest service is very valuable.”
  • “Next year, AP Environmental. This was an excellent resource pool that I will be using in many units.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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