Old-growth forests have recently gained nationwide attention for their significant carbon storage capacity and biodiversity; however, many basic questions remain on their identification and ecology in Pennsylvania. In this webinar, Ecologist Jaci Braund will discuss how the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program is using new methods to identify what differentiates old-growth forests in Pennsylvania based on regional literature and field observations. Goals for this project include utilizing these characteristics to drive best management practices for both old-growth and mature forests, and determining habitat needs for old-growth species.
Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program
Jaci Braund is an Ecologist with the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program located in Harrisburg, PA. Her ecology work primarily involves classifying plant communities within Pennsylvania and researching old-growth forests. Jaci has been spearheading this project on old-growth forests for Pennsylvania since 2021 and is developing the assessment methods for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry.
Join the people who protect and manage our natural areas.