Climate Solutions University (CSU)

The Model Forest Policy Program's Climate Solutions University (CSU): Forest and Water Strategies is an on-line educational campus.  CSU provides a framework to assist rural forested communities with on-the-ground solutions to the climate crisis. This 10-month educational program teaches local communities in resource rich areas to develop climate action plans relevant to local forest, water and economic issues.

CSU provides communities with sound forest management tools, policy and education that integrate ecological integrity with sustainable economic benefits. CSU’s active communication network connects communities to professional policy advisors, current publications, new laws, government funding sources, and enables a rich exchange of information among participants and stakeholders.

2010 marked the inaugural session of CSU which featured a group of six communities that received the training program resulting in a locally focused action plan. By learning to maintain healthy forests, these communities conserve water resources; protect citizens from flooding, drought, and health hazards; sequester carbon; preserve their economy, maintain natural habitat; and build a sustainable baseline for resource oriented jobs and recreation.

Communities chosen for the 2010 program were the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, Bellingham, WA; Mountain Studies Institute, Durango, CO; Emerson Forest / Sustainability Project, Keene, NH; Living Rivers & Canyonlands Watershed Council, Moab, UT; Sumner County Planning Department, Sumner County, TN; and the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, Taos, NM.  Highlights and links to each project are available. 

2011 communities include the City of Bath, Maine; Seneca Trail RC&D Council, New York; Middle Nolichucky Watershed Alliance, Tennessee; Superior Watershed Partnership and Land Trust, Michigan; Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho; and the Watershed Research and Training Center in California.

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