U.S. Forest Service (USFS) National Roadmap for Responding to Climate Change

The National Roadmap for Responding to Climate Change, provided through the U.S. Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC), is a guide for forest managers to "prepare their forests for the effects of climate change while enhancing their water resources." The guide focuses on three types of activities: assessing current risks, vulnerabilities, policies, and gaps in knowledge; engaging partners in seeking solutions and learning from as well as educating the public and employees on climate change issues; and managing for resilience, in ecosystems as well as in human communities, through adaptation, mitigation, and sustainable consumption strategies.

In June 2010, USDA released their 2010-2015 Strategic Plan that guides its agencies towards achieving several goals including Strategic Goal 2 to "ensure our national forests and private working lands are conserved, restored, and made more resilient
to climate change, while enhancing our water resources." This goal has several objectives. Objective 2.2 is to lead efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The performance measures under this objective seek to reduce greenhouse gas  emissions by the U.S. agricultural sector, increase the amount of carbon sequestered on U.S. lands, and bring all national forests into compliance with a climate change adaptation and mitigation strategy. The Forest Service response to this goal includes this 'National Roadmap for Responding to Climate Change' as well as a 'Performance Scorecard' for monitoring performance.


In order to maintain access to this website, we are linking to an archived version of the website saved on December 15, 2016. The original link can be found here: https://www.fs.fed.us/climatechange/roadmap.shtml.



Publication Date: July 2010

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