Adapting to Climate Change in National Forests: A Workshop for Resource Managers
In April of 2010, scientists from the Rocky Mountain, Pacific Northwest, and Pacific Southwest Research Stations organized and conducted a workshop for resource managers on climate change and land management. The workshop, facilitated by the WestWide Climate Initiative, and funded by the FS Global Change Research Program, engaged 150 managers and scientists from more than 14 different academic, government, and non-government organizations. The workshop provided a scientific knowledge foundation and shared tools and real-life experiences in preparing adaptation strategies on National Forests. Attendees said they gained a sense of empowerment from the workshop-facilitated discussions. They also felt that this knowledge, combined with past experiences, could better guide their management decisions. Participants took home specific approaches to making the adaptation process a success, including on-the-ground management options. Partners identified ways they could introduce adaptation and climate change into their agency and opportunities to work with National Forests to more successfully adapt to climate change.