Coastal Temperate Rainforests:
Integrating Science, Resource Management, and Communities
April 17-19, 2012 • Juneau, Alaska
The Coastal Temperate Rainforest symposium is international in scope. Why hold this symposium in Juneau, Alaska?
Juneau is a town surrounded by world-class natural resources, built up by industry, and influenced by community involvement. The relationship between these three (the environment, industry, and community) creates an ideal location for a hub of research, education, and planning.
Environment: From the Juneau Icefield (5th largest in the world) to the Tongass National Forest (largest national forest in the US), Juneau holds ample opportunity to observe biodiversity and the effects of climate change on coastal temperate rainforests. Research efforts include the US Forest Service’s newest experimental forest, Héen Latinee, as well as extensive marine and intertidal projects.
Industry: Economically, Juneau is supported by tourism, mining, fishing, education, and government. The coastal temperate rainforest is a significant factor in these industries due to the abundant wildlife, rich geology, varied fisheries, scientific and educational opportunities, and (above all) the need for effective management.
Community: Juneau’s community hosts a hearty and energetic population interested in sustainability. Residents of all ages participate in diverse outdoor recreation activities as well as citizen science opportunities such as BioBlitz.
Numerous influential groups, the geography, and scientific capabilities of the community make Juneau a living and accessible natural resource laboratory.