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This tab includes resources that focus on potential impacts of climate change on forests and the forestry sector.

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Adapting to Climate Change: A Short Course for Land Managers

July 2008

This online package features video lectures, interactive quizzes, literature citations, and links to further information about climate change and its implications for management of national forests and grasslands.

Related Organizations: USFS Northern Research Station, USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Climate Change and Forests of the Future: Managing in the Face of Uncertainty

2007

This article offers a conceptual framework for managing forested ecosystems given the uncertainty of the impacts of climate change. The article addresses both mitigation and adaptation strategies. The adaptation strategies presented include resistance options (forestall impacts and protect highly valued resources), resilience options (improve the capacity of ecosystems to return to desired conditions after disturbance), and response options (facilitate transition of ecosystems from current to new conditions).

Related Organizations: University of California, Berkeley, Ecological Society of America (ESA), USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Constance I. Millar, Nathan L. Stephenson, Scott L. Stephens

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Mid-Atlantic Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis: A Report from the Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Response Framework Project

October 2018

This U. S. Forest Service report develop provides an assessment of the vulnerability of forest ecosystems in the Mid-Atlantic region and was designed to help resource managers incorporate climate change considerations into management practices. The report synthesizes the best available scientific information on climate change and forest ecosystems, focusing on a study area including 60 million acres of land across eastern Maryland, southern New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Of this area, about 32 million acres are forested.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), USFS Northern Research Station

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Responding to Climate Change in National Forests: A Guidebook for Developing Adaptation Options

November 2011

Developed by the United States Forest Service (USFS), this guidebook summarizes current knowledge on climate change adaptation and provides science-based tools and processes to guide adaptation planning in national forests. Targeted towards resource managers and planners, the guidebook focuses on topics and approaches related to "climate-smart" resource management on federal lands.

Related Organizations: USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: David L. Peterson, Constance I. Millar, Linda A. Joyce, Michael J. Furniss, Jessica E. Halofsky, Ronald P. Neilson, Toni Lyn Morelli

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Assessing the Vulnerability of Watersheds to Climate Change

July 2013

The US Forest Service (USFS) Watershed Vulnerability Assessment (WVA) project developed an approach to assessing the vulnerability of water resources in a watershed to projected climate-hydrologic changes. The WVA project was conducted by watershed and aquatic specialists from 11 National Forests across the country representing all nine Forest Service regions. Based on the lessons learned from the pilot projects, this summary report provides guidance on the process of conducting such an assessment, with supporting information for all the key stages of the process.

Related Organizations: USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Focal Resources of the Sierra Nevada, California

February 2014

In collaboration with the U. S. Forest Service and California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CA LCC), EcoAdapt has identified a suite of priority climate change adaptation strategies for focal ecosystems and wildlife species of the Sierra Nevada region of California including: Alpine and Subalpine Systems, Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs, Yellow Pine/Mixed Conifer Systems, Red Fir Systems and Marten, Wet Meadows and Fens, and Oak Woodlands. After a vulnerability assessment process, draft implementation plans were developed for each of the focal resources, incorporating the priority adaptation actions.

Related Organizations: EcoAdapt, Department of the Interior (DOI): California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Resilient Communities Program (NFWF)

February 13, 2017

Wells Fargo and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) launched the Resilient Communities Program in 2017 to help communities plan for and implement resiliency projects, support green infrastructure, and invest in natural ecosystems. Grants will be offered once a year to support priority projects in states and communities associated with Wells Fargo operations. This four-year initiative is supported through a $10 million contribution from Wells Fargo meant to leverage other private and public funds with an expected total investment of more than $20 million.

Related Organizations: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Adapting to Climate Change at Olympic National Forests: Olympic National Park

August 2011

From the US Forest Service (USFS) Pacific Northwest Research Station, this technical report details a case study determining how to adapt federal land management practices to climate change on the Olympic Peninsula. In collaboration with the Olympic National Park, the Olympic Climate Change Case Study was conducted at Olympic National Forest and involved sensitivity assessments, reviews of management activities and constraints, and focus-area adaptation workshops.

Related Organizations: National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Climate Change Adaptation Demonstration: Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Twentymile Creek and Marengo River Watersheds

2012 - 2017

An adaptation demonstration project was undertaken by the US Forest Service’s Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIAC), the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF), and the Shared Landscapes Initiative, which included several watershed restoration activities underway in northern Wisconsin. The applied adaptation and restoration measures are being evaluated for their ability to increase watershed resilience to changing conditions due to climate.

Related Organizations: Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Understanding and Assessing Climate Change: Implications for Nebraska

September 2014

From the University of Nebraska-Lincoln this 2014 report was designed to inform Nebraska policy makers, natural resource managers, and the public of past, current, and future climate and the implications of climate change on policy and management. This report summarizes key messages from the U. S.  Third National Climate Assessment Report (NCA 2014) and relates them to climatic changes and impacts in Nebraska. Through commentaries from experts in the field, the report discusses the climate-related issues each sector faces, and recommends adaptation strategies to be considered.

Related Organizations: University of Nebraska

Authors or Affiliated Users: Deborah Bathke, Robert Oglesby, Clinton Rowe, Donald Wilhite

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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