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Performance Scorecard: 3- Program Guidance

Scorecard Question

Does the Unit have written guidance for progressively integrating climate change considerations and activities into Unit-level operations?

What counts as guidance?

You and your leadership team will be the best judges of what the right approach is for your particular Unit. There are many activities you might consider, including:

  • Develop a 1-5 year climate change action plan for your Unit.
  • Develop a joint action plan with other Units or partners in your
    geographic area.
  • Develop amendments and appendices to ongoing program guidance.
  • Develop a statement of climate change priorities for program goals, program delivery, and performance expectations.
  • Develop a climate change team program of work.
  • Incorporate consideration of climate change into the Unit's Strategic
    Goals document.


What are other forests doing?

Willamette National Forest

The Willamette National Forest (R6) has several documents that provide guidance for integrating climate change considerations and activities into operations. The forest’s four strategic goals include Caring for Landscape Health and Resiliency with action plans for each objective that integrate climate change into the implementation of the goals. For example, vegetation management principles will be developed using existing knowledge and pertinent science, including social and political, and climate change vulnerability assessments. The Willamette Climate Change Team also has a FY12 program of work that lays out program goals and delivery and performance expectations. Please contact Kathy Bulchis, Climate Change Coordinator on the Willamette National Forest, for more information.

San Juan National Forest

The San Juan National Forest (R2) is addressing climate change guidance in the forest plan revision process. The draft Climate Change Vision and Strategy document summarizes the climate related changes that the San Juan Public Lands are already observing, species and habitats that are most at risk, and priority vulnerable ecosystems and species. The vision and strategies for responding to climate change are laid out as desired conditions and objectives. Please contact Kelly Palmer, Climate Change Coordinator on the San Juan National Forest, for more information.

White Mountain National Forest

View the White Mountain National Forest (R9) Climate Change Response Framework.



State forest and climate action plans

The 2008 Farm Bill directed states to develop strategies for addressing the threats that forests face. Many states identified climate change as a threat in their forest action plans.
Many states and cities have climate action plans or are in the process of developing one. These describe state initiatives to adapt to and mitigate climate change. See if your state has one at this Pew Center website.

Federal climate change adaptation planning

The Council on Environmental Quality has an interagency adaptation task force that is working to prepare the U.S. to respond to the impacts of climate change. They have released instructions on integrating climate change adaptation into Agency’s planning, operations, policies, and programs and a draft national action plan for managing water resources.

Scorecard questions, concerns or suggestions for
additional resources?

Karen Dante-Wood 850-294-2897

All Scorecard Elements

  1. Employee Education
  2. Climate Change Coordinators
  3. Program Guidance
  4. Science-Management Partnerships
  5. Other Partnerships
  6. Assessing Vulnerability
  7. Adaptation Actions
  8. Monitoring
  9. Carbon Assessment and Stewardship
  10. Sustainable Operations

Getting to YES

To answer “yes,” your Unit should have an up-to-date written document that identifies how you plan to integrate climate change considerations and activities into your overall annual operations. Each year, show how your Unit has made progress in integrating climate change considerations and activities into your operations. The narrative for this element asks you:

In what ways have you integrated climate change considerations and activities into your overall annual operations?



A written document that provides the Unit with specific direction on how it may integrate climate change considerations and activities into its current programs and activities.

Climate Change Activities

Actions we take to respond to climate changes such as assessing current risks, vulnerabilities, policies, and gaps in knowledge; engaging employees and stakeholders to seek solutions; and managing for resilience in ecosystems and human communities through adaptation, mitigation, and sustainable consumption.


Any activities carried out by the Unit, including training, partnerships, land management activities, planning, or business operations.

Geographic Scale

Guidance should be applicable to operations at the Unit level. Regional Offices, National programs, or Research Stations can provide guidance or assist in developing guidance.


Full Guidance Document
PDF, 2.2 MB, 104 pp