Office of the Climate Change Advisor

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Performance Scorecard National Roadmap
Performance Scorecard
Starting this year, each national forest and grassland will be tracking progress using a new 10-point scorecard. The Forest Service's research branch along with regional and national programs will provide support for this agency-wide effort.

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National Roadmap
The Roadmap will help to guide the Forest Service as it works to ensure that national forests and private working lands are conserved, restored, and made more resilient to climate change.

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Forest Service Response

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National Roadmap

National Roadmap PDF

National Roadmap for Responding to Climate Change. PDF, 3.24 MB, 32 pp

Roadmap Summary Brochure. PDF, 551 K, 2 pp

All National Forests are working on strategies to adjust and prepare for new conditions created by changing climates (adaptation), and to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases present in the atmosphere (mitigation). To guide the Forest Service in achieving this goal, we have developed a Roadmap for Responding to Climate Change.

See our national roadmap page.

NFS Carbon Assessments

National Roadmap PDF

We have temporarily taken down the NFS carbon assessment whitepapers to resolve some technical uncertainties and differences in regional displays. The whitepapers will be back up on the Forest Inventory and Analysis webpage and Climate Change Advisor’s webpage after the reports have been improved.

Performance Scorecard

National Roadmap PDF

Climate Change Performance Scorecard. PDF,
32 K, 32 pp

Guidance Document. PDF, 2.2 MB, 104 pp

Scorecard Summary Postcard. PDF, 2.8 MB, 2 p

Since 2011, each National Forest and Grassland has used a 10-point scorecard to report accomplishments and plans for improvement on ten questions in four dimensions – organizational capacity, engagement, adaptation, and mitigation. By 2015, each is expected to answer yes to at least seven of the scorecard questions, with at least one yes in each dimension. The goal is to create a balanced approach to climate change that includes managing forests and grasslands to adapt to changing conditions, mitigating climate change, building partnerships across boundaries, and preparing our employees to understand and apply emerging science.

See our performance scorecard page.

Strategic Framework

National Roadmap PDF

Forest Service Chief Gail Kimbell summarizes the Strategic Framework. PDF, 103 K, 10 p

The Strategic Framework for Responding to Climate Change is based on the Forest Service mission to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation's forest and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

Read more about the strategic framework on the FS Climate site.

Others

National Roadmap PDF

USDA Forest Service Climate Change Adaptation Plan

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Climate Change Adaptation Plan presents strategies and actions to address the effects of climate change on key mission areas including agricultural production, food security, rural development, and forestry and natural resources conservation.

National Roadmap PDF

National Climate Assessment Forest Sector Technical Report

This report is a scientific assessment of the current condition and likely future condition of forest resources in the United States relative to climatic variability and change. It serves as the U.S. Forest Service forest sector technical report for the National Climate Assessment and includes descriptions of key regional issues and examples of a risk-based framework for assessing climate-change effects.

National Roadmap PDF

The President’s Climate Action Plan

President Obama’s Climate Action Plan is a government-wide plan for executive actions and heightened emphasis on dealing with compelling risks and opportunities of a changing climate. The plan is not only a set of actions and priorities, but also a statement to Americans and world citizens that climate change is a serious issue impacting us today, not just sometime in the future, and that dealing with it is the responsibility of all federal agencies and their partners, not some specialized or elite group working on an isolated issue.

National Roadmap PDF

Wood as a Sustainable Material – Progress on USDA Directives

In 2011, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA’s strategy to promote the use of wood as a green building material and directed the Forest Service to take the lead in implementing the strategy by favoring wood in new building construction, enhancing research and development projects to expand opportunities as green building materials, and identifying innovative uses of wood in nonresidential construction projects.