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The Seedlot Selection Tool (SST)

Created: 12/11/2018 - Updated: 12/11/2018


The Seedlot Selection Tool (SST) is a web-based mapping application designed to help natural resource managers match seedlots with planting sites based on climatic information. The SST can be used to map current climates or future climates based on selected climate change scenarios. It is tailored for matching seedlots and planting sites, but can be used by anyone interested in mapping climates defined by temperature and water availability. The SST is most valuable as a planning and educational tool because of the uncertainty associated with climate interpolation models and climate change projections. The SST allows the user to control many input parameters, and can be customized for the management practices, climate change assumptions, and risk tolerance of the user.


Dr. Glenn Howe – Co-Principal Investigator

  • Associate Professor, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society
  • Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

Dr. Brad St.Clair – Co-Principal Investigator

  • Research Geneticist, Pacific Northwest Research Station
  • USDA Forest Service, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

Dr. Dominique Bachelet – Co-Principal Investigator

  • Senior Climate Change Scientist
  • Conservation Biology Institute, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

Nikolas Stevenson-Molnar – Lead Developer

Brendan Ward – Project Manager

  • Conservation Biologist/GIS Analyst/Software Engineer
  • Conservation Biology Institute, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service is a Federal agency that manages public lands in national forests and grasslands. The Forest Service is also the largest forestry research organization in the world, and provides technical and financial assistance to state and private forestry agencies. Gifford Pinchot, the first Chief of the Forest Service, summed up the purpose of the Forest Service—"to provide the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people in the long run."

Oregon State is an international public research university that draws people from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. We go wherever the challenges are, push ourselves to the very edge of what’s known and keep going. We are determined to forge solutions. We are diverse and welcoming. We embrace our responsibility to Oregon and the world, building a future that’s smarter, healthier, more prosperous and more just. We see what could be and have worked relentlessly for 150 years to make it so. 

The Conservation Biology Institute (CBI) provides scientific expertise to support the conservation and recovery of biological diversity in its natural state through applied research, education, planning, and community service. We utilize GIS and remote sensing data to conduct assessments and planning in support of conservation projects globally.



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