Forest Vulnerabilities to Future Climate Change in Yukon
This two-year project took us all over southern and central Yukon, from Kluane to Watson Lake and up to Dawson City. We had the chance to explore and examine Yukon forests across a tremendous range of climatic conditions, reaching to the virtual edge of life for tree survival and growth. It has been an incredible opportunity to examine the adaptive strategies and diversity of two primary conifers - white spruce and lodgepole pine. One of the most interesting and exciting parts of this project is the connection that we are building with local communities, particularly Teslin. A primary goal of the research was to look at forest vulnerabilities to future climate change to put communities in a context of risk.
First Annual (I hope) Teslin Community BBQ
To do meaningful research in Yukon communities, we needed to have the support and knowledge of the local people. To build connections, we tried some creative and unconventional ways to demonstrate genuine interest and committment to local communiites. For instance, in June we co-sponsored a community BBQ with the band council in Teslin (see photos below). We provided activities for local kids to learn about their environments, we shared a meal with local folks, and then we provided some musical entertainment for them. It was a wonderful experience for us, and we really felt part of the community after that event.