Virtual tours showcase climate adaptation stories “As If You Were There”
“As If You Were There” is an interactive network of climate-informed, virtual farm and forest demonstrations developed by the USDA Northeast Climate Hub to showcase how land managers are dealing with increasing rainfall intensity and other weather and climate risks in the northeastern U.S. Six forestry focused tours feature adaptation practices in urban forestry (Worcester’s Urban Forest, Resilience at Rockaways), agroforestry (Dickinson College Farm, Angus Glen Farm) and forest management (Monongahela Forest Restoration, Forest Management with Providence Water). Several tours focused on adapting farming practices have been completed or are in review. These tours include 360-degree photography, videos, factsheets, and other resources to help managers address climate challenges. Demonstrations can be viewed on the USDA Northeast Climate Hub website and are even more captivating when experienced on a mobile device. Visitors immerse themselves in these virtual field tours and, through this interactive experience, discover how others in the region are adapting to the changing climate. As land grant partners in USDA Cooperative Extension share these tours with land managers, perspectives expand and a variety of adaptation options can be considered by both technical service providers and managers. By virtually introducing people who have addressed climate issues in the northeast, the USDA Northeast Climate Hub is fostering networking that gives users information about practical strategies for climate change adaptation.
Forest Service Partners