This month the Indicator revision process will take on the Upland Hardwood ecosystem. These have been really fun discussions and each ecosystem team usually ends up with ~ 10 – 15 people spread pretty evenly across the geography. Just like last month, the focus will primarily be on revising or replacing indicators that have clearly failed one of the practical criteria for indicators (They cannot be modeled based on current data and existing projects).
Things are looking good so far for the upland hardwood indicators. The conversation will probably focus on potential GIS depictions of the indicators. We’ll also talk about what kind of conditions we should be focusing on for Piedmont upland forests. As many of you know, there’s quite a lot of debate about whether the goal should be the more open and fire maintained, pre-European settlement conditions or (given the challenges and lack of current examples) a more northeastern condition of big closed canopy forest blocks.
Interested in being part of the discussions about potential changes?