Scientists and Managers Work To Develop Climate-Smart Conservation Strategies
Climate change has the potential to have long-term effects on forest ecosystems and the services that they provide. The Climate Change Response Framework, developed by Forest Service scientists and a network of partners, is an integrated set of tools, partnerships, and actions to support climate-smart conservation and forest management.
During the past year, the framework has expanded its coverage from northern Wisconsin to three large ecoregions across the Eastern United States: the Northwoods, the Central Hardwoods, and the Central Appalachians. These framework projects cover more than 133 million acres, spanning 9 States and including 11 national forests. The diversity of partnerships continues to grow, with more than 45 current active partners among State, Federal, tribal, nongovernmental groups, and industry groups and organizations.
Scientists and managers from a variety of organizations taking part in multiple workshops initiated and informed five ecosystem vulnerability assessments and several adaptation demonstration projects. The information and partnerships developed at framework workshops will be used to create additional resources that will help land managers respond to changing forest conditions.
Forest Service Partners