The Nature Conservancy has been protecting and conserving habitat and the environment for around 50 years. But climate change poses a new and more dangerous threat. So, tonight PNM invited two members of TNC Wisconsin to talk about some of the threats and effects of climate change that they feel will happen and some of the plans and strategies they are developing to cope, and adapt, to these threats and effects. Nick Miller is the Science Director at TNC Wisconsin, and Matt Dallman is the Conservation Director, who has expertise in the forest ecology of Wisconsin’s northern woods. One of Nick’s concerns is water, whether too little, too much, or just bad quality. And one way to reduce this threat is wetlands restoration, which can purify the water and collect large amounts of water from flooding. Matt is worried that the rise in temperature will effect trees that cannot handle the higher temps and the increase in pest populations. Part of new forest management plans may require planting tree species sturdier in higher temps and more resilient to pests.
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