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Climate change vulnerability assessments for the Front Range and Colorado National Grasslands

Status: 
Action
Dates: 
July, 2017 to December, 2020

A map highlighting National Forests and Grasslands that will undergo the climate change vulnerability assessment.
A map highlighting National Forests and Grasslands that will undergo the climate change vulnerability assessment.

Researchers will complete a climate change vulnerability assessment in support of forest plan revision for the Pike San Isabel and Arapaho Roosevelt National Forests and Cimarron Comanche and Pawnee National Grasslands. The assessments will include 1) current and future climate, 2) hydrology, water use and resources, aquatic and wetland ecosystems, fisheries, 3) forest management, fire, urban interface, tree regeneration post-fire, 4) social and economic issues, recreation, 5) wildlife, and 6) infrastructure. Additionally, the Front Range assessment will include a focus on insects from a forest health perspective and the Grasslands assessment will include energy, pollinators, use and ownership patterns, grazing, and invasive plant species.

Approach

Literature review and analysis will inform both assessments, resulting in GTRs. Additionally, for the Front Range Assessment, a workshop and interactions with the Front Range and Rocky Mountain Region planning and management staff will identify future decisions, climate risks related to those decisions, and management challenges to frame the climate change vulnerability assessment.

Publications

Halofsky, Jessica E. ; Peterson, David L. ; Ho, Joanne J. ; Little, Natalie J. ; Joyce, Linda A. , 2018
Halofsky, Jessica E. ; Peterson, David L. ; Ho, Joanne J. ; Little, Natalie J. ; Joyce, Linda A. , 2018
Halofsky, Jessica E. ; Peterson, David L. ; Dante-Wood, S. Karen ; Hoang, Linh ; Ho, Joanne J. ; Joyce, Linda A. , 2018
Halofsky, Jessica E. ; Peterson, David L. ; Dante-Wood, S. Karen ; Hoang, Linh ; Ho, Joanne J. ; Joyce, Linda A. , 2018

Other

 

Related Publication:

Science synthesis to support socioecological resilience in the Sierra Nevada and southern Cascade Range

Long, Jonathan W.; Quinn-Davidson, Lenya N.; Skinner, Carl N., 2014

 

 



National Priority Research Areas: 
Climate Change
Project Contact: 

Principal Investigators:
Brian Miller - USGS
Delilah Jaworski - Rocky Mountain Regional Office
John Dow - Pike-San Isabel National Forest
Sarah Beck - Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest
Courtney L. Peterson - Colorado State Univeristy
Linda Nagel - Colorado State Univeristy

Collaborators:
Angela White - US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station
Kevin Wilcox - University of Wyoming
Imtiaz Rangwala - University of Colorado at Boulder
Jose Sanchez - US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station

Funding Contributors:
USDA Climate Hub
Rocky Mountain Regional Office