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Ecosystem Services in the Pacific Coastal Temperate Rainforest of North America

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Published on Jun 6, 2012

April 19, 2012 - Session developed by Brad Ewing (Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center) and moderated by Trista Patterson (USFS PNW). Presentations by Trista Patterson (USFS PNW), Colin Beier (SUNY), Steve Colt (U. of Alaska Anchorage), David Saah (Spatial Analytics Informatics Group), Marc Conte (Stanford University), and Sarah Klain (U. of British Columbia)

Session Abstract: The Pacific coastal temperate rainforest of North America provides a wide range of ecosystem services that are vital to human health and livelihood. Collectively, these services can be grouped into the following categories: provisioning (e.g. food, forest products, and fresh water), regulating (e.g. carbon sequestration, purification of water and air, and pest control), supporting (e.g. soil formation, nutrient cycling, and primary production), and cultural services (e.g. recreation, scientific discovery, and spiritual enlightenment). This session will include presentations on (1) incorporating demands for ecosystem services—alongside studies that focus on increasing or maintaining the supply of ecosystem services—to increase the value of various initiatives throughout the region, (2) integrating supply-side and demand-side measures of ecosystem services to inform adaptive management, (3) utilizing ecosystem service valuations to inform policy decision making, (4) quantifying, throughout the chain of production, the impacts from shifting to wood-based energy in rural communities, (5) utilizing economics and ecosystem services to inform resource management decision making on public and private lands, and (6) utilizing cultural ecosystem services to complement and inform decision making.

This video is from a symposium in Juneau, Alaska from April 17-20, 2012 titled Coastal Temperate Rainforests: Integrating Science, Resource Management, and Communities. The Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center (ACRC) would like to thank all sponsors, speakers, and participants for making the symposium a success. Additional information about the symposium can be found on the ACRC website: http://acrc.alaska.edu/acrc_sw/sympos...

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