Community Engagement: Cambria Monterey pine forest health


Fiscalini Ranch Preserve field tour and forest walk led by Dr. Bisbing. Photo credit: Robert Cichowski

A key piece of successful forest management is in providing local communities with the information they need to make appropriate and ecologically-based decisions. Our lab recently led a forest walk for the Friends of Fiscalini Ranch Preserve in Cambria, California. Dr. Bisbing provided a short field-lecture on the ecology and biology of the species followed by a tour of the lab’s permanent plot network. The Preserve is contemplating the extent and intensity of management they will undertake to address drought mortality and reduce hazard for local visitors. Our research is tracking mortality across the Cambria Monterey pine forest and providing details for informed management.