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Outreaching Agroforestry in a Changing Climate

Photo of Adding trees to pastures for silvopasture management is an important agroforestry practice that supports climate adaptation and mitigation.  Adding trees to pastures for silvopasture management is an important agroforestry practice that supports climate adaptation and mitigation.  Snapshot : USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) staff developed new resources to support state, federal, extension, non-profit and private sector staff who receive requests to plan agroforestry practices for specific climate adaptation or mitigation outcomes. From web resources to information sheets to presentations, NAC is meeting the agroforestry climate adaptation and mitigation needs of its partners.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Bentrup, GaryStraight, Richard
MacFarland, Katherine  
Research Location : Lincoln, NE; Burlington, VT
Research Station : Washington Office (WO)
Year : 2020
Highlight ID : 1646

Summary

In recent years, state, federal, extension, non-profit, and private sector staff have been receiving requests from farmers and forest managers to design agroforestry practices for specific climate adaptation or mitigation outcomes, in addition to other conservation and production goals. USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) staff are working to provide partners with more resources to meet these needs more effectively. In FY2020, this included developing two new Working Trees Information Sheets on planning, design, and plant selection for carbon sequestration that were distributed to approximately 5,000 customers and will be available on demand for future workshops, conferences, or landowner meetings. The topics selected for these information sheets were determined through conversations with USDA Climate Hub Partners. NAC staff wrote a popular article for the Northeast Climate Hub's newsletter r\ "How can agroforestry support climate change mitigation in the Northeast?" was one of the most popular in that issue.  NAC also developed a topic page for theClimate Change Resource Center, a USDA Forest Service resource for natural resource managers and planners intended to create an accessible link between climate science and management. Finally, theNortheast Specialty Crop Water Symposium presented an opportunity for NAC to share insights on how to enhance water infiltration, conservation, and management using agroforestry. This led to new connections with university extension and non-profit partners. These new materials build on existing research and education resources offered by NAC's website and staff.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • USDA Climate Hubs
  • Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
  • University of Vermont