Urban Forestry Climate Change Response Framework Pilot Launched
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