Adaptation Workbook: A Climate Change Tool for Forest Management and Conservation

Created by the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, this resource is used to create detailed land management adaptation plans customized to a user’s property. The structured process considers the potential effects of climate change on forest ecosystems and outlines conservation actions that can help prepare for changing conditions. The interactive and self-guided Workbook is compatible for a wide range of geographic locations, scales, forest types, management goals, and ownership types; it can be used by forest and natural resource managers as well as any landowner with knowledge about local ecosystems.

The website assimilates information inputted by users about their unique properties and management goals to generate information about potential climate impacts for their regions. The Workbook then helps the user to create a list of actions to help adapt to expected conditions. The final component of the project is to develop a monitoring plan to assess the efficacy of the actions. This process is defined by five steps:

  1. Define goals and objectives;
  2. Assess climate impacts and vulnerabilities;
  3. Evaluate objectives considering climate impacts;
  4. Identify adaptation approaches and tactics for implementation; and
  5. Monitor effectiveness of implemented actions.

The website includes guidance on how to use the Workbook as well as examples of successful projects produced using the Workbook. It also suggests the use of the Forest Adaptation Resources document as a companion guide, and to supplement climate information from the vulnerability assessments of the Climate Change Response Framework and the National Climate Assessment

See real-world examples of how forest managers and landowners have used the Adaptation Workbook to consider climate change in their management at


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