Schoodic Spruce Citizen Science Project
How will the forests of Acadia and Maine look in the future? Which tree species will thrive and which may decline? Will we continue to see a red spruce dominated landscape or will more warm-adapted species such as oaks, maples, and birches overtake the forest? These are some of the science questions we’re pursuing at Schoodic Institute. Join in the science and help us discover solutions.
For people, children are the future; for forests, seedlings are the future. Understanding how seedlings fare today provides insights into how future forests may look. Are red spruce seedlings able to grow and survive under current conditions? The Schoodic Spruce Citizen Science Project is seeking partners to track tree seedlings over time, measuring their growth and survival.
We don’t yet have a time machine, so we don’t know the exact future climate nor how adaptable species are to the conditions of the future. While we wait for our DeLorean and flux capacitor, we can grow trees across a range of current conditions that may approximate the future climate and thus build evidence for how our tree species will fare under the changes already underway. This project is engaging people living across the region, and thus under different current climates, to help us understand the tolerances of red spruce.