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Urban Forestry Climate Change Response Framework Pilot Launched

Photo of Village Of Riverside, one of 10 communities participating in the pilot effort in the Chicago Wilderness region. Michael Collins, Village of RiversideVillage Of Riverside, one of 10 communities participating in the pilot effort in the Chicago Wilderness region. Michael Collins, Village of RiversideSnapshot : Forest Service scientists are working to incorporate climate change considerations into urban forest management in the Chicago area. Recently, they co-sponsored, with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, two workshops and a national conference.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Brandt, LeslieSwanston, Chris
Research Location : Chicago metropolitan area
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2015
Highlight ID : 852

Summary

The Forest Service’s Northern Research Station and their partners launched the Urban Forestry Climate Change Response Framework (CCRF) to aid urban foresters and their communities in responding to the rapidly changing climate (forestadaptation.org/urban). This project works to engage with communities across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest in assessing the vulnerability of urban forests to climate change; identify and develop tools to aid adaptation; and create real-world examples of climate-informed management of urban forests. As part of a pilot effort in the Chicago area, the Northern Research Station and the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) co-sponsored, with the Morton Arboretum, the 2014 Urban Tree Conference “Managing Urban Forests in a Changing Climate.” NIACS also led two workshops for urban forestry professionals to assess vulnerability and identify adaptation actions. NIACS is using the lessons learned from the Chicago pilot to expand to other communities in the Chicago area as well as to other urban areas in the Northeast and Midwest.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Allison Bodine
  • Anantha Prasad
  • David Nowak
  • Eastern Region
  • Louis Iverson
  • Matthew Peters
  • Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry
  • Stephen Matthews
  • Chicago Wilderness
  • The Chicago Botanic Garden
  • The Field Museum
  • The Morton Arboretum