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Soil: Presentations: The Effects of Global Warming on Soil

Farms

·         Effects of Longer frost-free period

Warmer winters

Northern expansion of insect pests and invasive plants

Weather-related crop losses in Northeast

Flooding

·         Soil Health Best Practices

·         Farmers and Climate Change

Financial barriers

Equity issues for small farms

Role of universities, government agencies and communities

Data analytics

·         Cornell University Smart Farming Website and Extension Team (https://climatesmartfarming.org)

Forests

·         Climate benefits of Rural Forests

·         Currently observed forest specific indicators on existing rural forests

·         Anticipated impacts on existing rural forests:

Profound effects on forest ecosystems

Increased risk of droughts

Stress from climate change

Increase in invasive species and pests

·         Forest management implications

·         Regenerate New York (Funded by New York State Environmental Protection Fund)

New grant program to support private landowners to implement forestry best management practices.

·         Climate Applied Forest Research Institute being formed at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

·         Urban Forests

Assess vulnerability of urban forests to climate change

Increased community resilience and stewardship

Local governance and citizen involvement

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