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Given that forest resiliency is a core goal in the Foothills Restoration Plan, I was surprised that climate change wasn’t even mentioned. Regardless of the cause, north Georgia’s climate now seems to be different than it was 30 years ago, and all the projections are that it will be different again in another 30 years. If one of the foundational goals of the project is for forests to get back up when they’re knocked down, so to speak, it seems like it would be important if they’re getting up in an environment that’s different when they got knocked down. What does resiliency mean in that context? If a black birch site is becoming a northern red oak site, what does a resilient forest look like? We can’t know the future, but good management requires taking into account different possibly outcomes.