Climate Smart Restoration Tool Press
The Climate Smart Restoration Tool (CSRT) was highlighted in the USDA’s Science You Can Use Bulletin (Rocky Mountain Research Station). The CBI team (Nikolas Stevenson-Molnar, Brendan Ward, Ken Ferschweiler, Bill Klinkow, and Kaveh Karimi) collaborated with the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon State University to build the CSRT.
The CSRT is an interactive web-based application intended to support the survival of plants under future climate conditions. The CSRT stems from the Seedlot Selection Tool (SST) which are, for the most part, the same tools but for different species. While the SST focuses on forest tree species, the CSRT’s focus is on sagebrush species, although there are plans to add bluebunch wheatgrass, as well.
Here are a few endorsements from our partners, which speak to the value of the Climate Smart Restoration Tool:
- “With these tools, resource managers can begin to adapt land management for climate change—and at a local scale that wasn’t possible before.” ~Glenn Howe, Associate Professor in Oregon State University’s College of Forestry and originator of the Seedlot Selection Tool concept.
- “The Climate-Smart Restoration Tool matches the climate adaptability of seeds with climate zones and conditions of restoration sites. I think it’s going to be really useful in making sure that plants will survive under future climates.” ~Deborah Finch, lead for the Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Grassland, Shrubland, and Desert Ecosystems Program.
- “The Climate-Smart Restoration Tool is game-changing research from a land management perspective, as it allows us to choose more cost-effective seed resources.” ~Fred Edwards, the BLM’s Great Basin Ecoregional Coordinator.