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Path & Telsa Models Used to Test Potential Scenarios for Broad-Scale Forest Conservation

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This brief document illustrates how a TNC/University of Wisconsin team is using Path and Telsa modeling coupled with LANDFIRE data to test potential effectiveness of four potential conservation strategies. 

As the scope of conservation efforts grow, the level of protection may reduced.  For example, working forest easements (WFEs) can protect large areas of land while allowing continued harvesting of trees, typically under a third party certification scheme. Conservation strategies such as WFEs have great potential but are relatively new so that information from monitoring efforts is not able to fully inform conservation.

In this study, researchers are using computer models to explore potential benefits and shortcomings of broad-scale conservation strategies in the face of climate change