It’s come to this: now we’re moving forests to accommodate climate change.
Recognizing the threat that continuing weather changes pose to British Columbia’s 9 billion dollar wood and paper products industry, the Canadian government is experimenting with moving its forests up to 200 miles beyond their native range.
The Ministry of Forests and Range has been experimenting by extending the range of 15 species of timber species. Research by the Future Forest Ecosystems Initiative has led to a plan to plant 250,000 larch seedlings in areas that scientists believe will be hospitable to that species as climate change accelerates.
Humans are nothing if not adaptable. It remains to be seen whether our forests will be as accommodating.
What do you think of this attempt?