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Members also sign a memorandum of agreement with Manomet which outlines their commitment to the program. Following that initial meeting Manomet staff continue to have regular contact with members through quarterly phone calls specific information requests and detailed monthly bulletins. The Network monthly bulletins connect network mem- bers and support sharing management practices and stories of implementation. This winter Hushaw posted a bulletin on Changes in Temperature Variability. One of the Networks newer members Resource Management Service or RMS which owns over 2.2 million acres in the U.S. Southeast and is headquartered in Alabama provided some positive feedback. Jimmy Bullock their senior vice president of forest sustainability shared that not only did he like it but the information provided scored high on relevan- cy. He went on to sayIve distributed the bulletin widely via e-mail throughout RMS. In sharing the story amongst Manomet staff Hushaw reflected Thats exactly what were going for And it is engaging staff at all levels on the issue of living sustainably in a world with finite resourcestaking on climate change and implementing sustainable forestry management best practices. Members of the Network have encouraged Manomet to take the program global in scope to help inform them about climate change risk in other countries. In fact the Network has recently scaled up some components to the global level. Specifically the analysis of climate science and forest impacts has been expanded beyond North America to adopt a global focus. For example the most recent Network Bulletins address temperature and precipitation trends and projections from a global perspective. According to Hushaw As the Network expands we have an increasing number of members with land holdings overseas. They need to understand how climate is changing globally and what the important regional differences are. These recent changes notwithstanding there are more developments on the horizon. One of the exciting opportuni- ties to better serve the Network members is coming from a rapid expansion in research into the linkage between climate change and extreme weather. Recent studies provide insight on two different elements of attribution the linkage of individual weather events to climate change and more importantly pro- jections of changing probabilities of extreme heat and precipi- tation associated with different increments of warming. Walberg commentedThe evolving ability to assign specific probabilities to extreme heat and precipitation is a potential game changer. As this area of the science matures well be able to factor the changing likelihood of extreme conditions into forest planning and management. Living sustainably in a world with finite resources is argu- ably the greatest challenge of our time but Manomet believes that people can live and work today in ways that enable our world to thrive and prosper tomorrow. Maintaining managing and regenerating our forests is an investment in a thriving and prosperous future. The long-term benefits of maintaining healthy and sustain- able forests are undeniable in the face of a changing climate but absolutely possible. One big reason to be optimistic about the future of our working forests is commercial forest landown- ers are embracing the Network. POTENTIAL BENEFITS DISCUSSED WITH CSLN MEMBERS CSLN STAFF DURING SITE VISITS INCREASED GROWTH RATES from longer growing season precipitation changes and CO2 fertilization etc. INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY IN VALUABLE SPECIES that are currently marginalvaluable species may thrive or increase in abundance in certain areas like black cherry in New Hampshire or black walnut white oak and black cherry in Maine. ABILITY TO GROW ENTIRELY NEW SPECIES in each region due to shifting climate. INCREASED DROUGHT TOLERANCE from CO2 fertilization. INCREASED USE OF INSURANCE TO COVER CLIMATE-RELATED RISK. IMPROVED CLIMATE CONDITIONS e.g. less summerfall precipitation in the northeast that will reduce incidence of water-logged soils during those seasons. The Networks goal is to enroll 30 million acres of forests in the U.S. and Canada as Climate Smart by the end of 2018. There are more than 13 million acres currently enrolled. Network members Baskahegan Company Hancock Timber Resource Group J.D. Irving Limited Lyme Timber Company New England Forestry Foundation Resource Management Service Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine States with CSLN land 12 Manomet Partnerships for Sustainability Summer 2015