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Resources Help Land Managers Adapt to a Changing Climate

Photo of The Adaptation Workbook online tool is a structured tool for land managers to use to integrate climate change into management plans. Users of the tool draw from ecosystem vulnerability assessments published by the Forest Service’s Northern Research Station. Danielle Shannon, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science.The Adaptation Workbook online tool is a structured tool for land managers to use to integrate climate change into management plans. Users of the tool draw from ecosystem vulnerability assessments published by the Forest Service’s Northern Research Station. Danielle Shannon, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science.Snapshot : An adaptation planning tool developed by the Forest Service and its partners has helped generate more than 185 examples of climate change adaptation across the Northeast and Midwest.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Swanston, ChrisJanowiak, Maria
Handler, StephenBrandt, Leslie
Research Location : All NRS states
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2016
Highlight ID : 1125

Summary

Forests across the United States are expected to undergo numerous changes in response to the changing climate. Led by the Forest Service’s Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, a collaborative team of scientists and managers developed the Adaptation Workbook to help land managers incorporate climate change considerations into real-world projects for natural resource management and conservation. Hundreds of land managers have used the Adaptation Workbook, helping to create more than 185 adaptation demonstrations at that provide examples of on-the-ground climate change adaptation. The print version of the Adaptation Workbook was published within Forest Adaptation Resources Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers. More than 3,000 copies of the general technical report have been distributed to public, private, and tribal natural resource organizations since its initial release in 2012. A second edition of the report, published in September 2016, expands the scope of the document to cover the entire Midwest and Northeast and contains additional resources to support vulnerability assessment and adaptation in urban forests. An online version of the Adaptation Workbook was released in 2015 and includes additional resources for the entire United States. Visit www.forestadaptation.org/demos for videos of examples and www.adaptationworkbook.org for an online version of the workbook.

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