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A recent article in Fire Ecology demonstrates how collaboration and co-production can allow forest managers in the Southwest to better learn about responses and strategies for responding to climate change from each other, even as climate change transforms vegetation across landscapes. 

When large-scale disturbances disrupt an area, entire ecosystems can change to include new and different plants. Known as vegetation type conversion (VTC), this transformation often occurs after extreme weather events. In the Southwest, these events are typically in response to intense fires or droughts which are predicted to increase in frequency with climate change. In a recent study in Fire Ecology co-authored by former Southwest and South Central CASC Director Stephen Jackson and Southwest CASC Deputy Director Carolyn Enquist, researchers brought together scientists, managers, and practitioners to identify examples and case studies of VTC occurrences in the Southwest. The researchers found that managers were typically responding by either attempting to reverse the change in vegetation, monitor the change, or assist the change to a new type of vegetation (least common). These workshops have allowed for managers to develop partnerships and learn from each other about ways to adapt to future vegetation change, further fostering collaboration and co-production of knowledge between partners. 

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