Follow up on June 1 Sci. Comm. Mtg / FP_DECK

Hi Rachel,

Just a quick note of thanks for taking time from your day to share with me some of your communication strategies.

I also wanted to pass along some quick info on the Forest Plan Database Exchange of Current Knowledge (FP_DECK) in hopes it might be useful for your upcoming article on Forest Plan revisions.

Here’s a short highlight introducing the project in the Eastern Threat Center newsletter.

Also, from

Description: This Web-based tool electronically archives completed forest plans in a searchable database.

Use: Forest planners and managers will be able to examine similar forest-based activities, explore specific forest issues, and develop consistent templates that incorporate knowledge and expertise from several levels. National Environmental Policy Act coordinators will be able to efficiently evaluate the consistency of proposed actions and guide land managers through in-depth plan building. The public will be able to easily find information about specific topics.

Finally, the forest plan revisions are required by the Farm Bill to consider climate change impacts –

One of the ways WWETAC is contributing to understanding of likely climate change impacts in the West is we’re able to produce predictions of future vegetation changes by running the numbers on future climate scenarios.

The same 2015 accomplishment report I mentioned above highlights this WWETAC tool, called "MC2." MC2 is short for "MC1 version 2." MC1 was introduced back in 2001 – it’s a type of "Dynamic General Vegetation Model" – there are a variety of dynamic vegetation models available – there’s an overview for a general audience at The paper describing MC1 is available at <>, with some more useful info at <>. MC2 was released in 2012. Here’s how WWETAC is using MC2:

Description: MC2 is used for visualizing vegetation change. The model produces maps showing the distribution of current and future vegetation and above- and belowground carbon under appropriate assemblages of global circulation models as drivers of climate input.

Use: This model has many Forest Service and non-Forest Service users. It can be used by climate change coordinators at the regional and forest level, by forest plan revision teams, state and other land managers, tribes, collaboratives, and other nongovernmental organizations.

The article says "how to get it" and points to the WWETAC threat mapper web site, but I don’t think the MC2 model outputs are actually interactive right now – I think that they are provided as hard copies only at this time.

The WWETAC researcher who generates these models is John B. Kim, jbkim

I hope that these two items might prove useful to you for talking about the future of forest plan revisions.

It’d be great if it turns out your upcoming article can connect forest planning teams with some of the tools WWETAC offers for forest planning.

Thanks again for your time and offer to keep in touch – I’ll be looking over your work to get an idea of how you engage your audience, and I’m sure I’ll have questions.

Have a great weekend!



About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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