Forests

The climate changes expected over the next century will have huge consequences for ecosystems and the benefits they provide, including the provision of wood and fuel, food, temperature and flood regulation, erosion control, recreational and aesthetic value, and species habitat, among others.

Climate changes are likely to affect important ecological processes that will, in turn, affect key natural resources. For example, temperature and precipitation changes could mean that insectswildfireinvasive plants, and forest diseases will become more frequent in some areas of the country. The emissions that cause climate change also lead to air quality problems that put additional stress on trees.

Map of current white oak distribution from Tree Atlas

The Climate Change Atlas can be used to examine the current distribution of tree and bird habitats in the eastern United States, and how these habitat distributions might change in response to different climate scenarios. The Atlas was created using a model called DISTRIB that...

Climate Change Tree Atlas & Bird Atlas

The changing climate presents challenges and opportunities for U.S. agricultural production, forest resources, and rural economies. These threats have significant implications not just for farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners, but for all Americans. Land managers across the...

Growing Seasons in a Changing Climate

Webinar Scientists explaining research: Climate, wildfire, and erosion ensemble foretells more sediment in western USA watersheds, USGS & USU Extension Regional Research U.S. Forest Service science on climate change and wildfire effects in riparian areas, out of the Rocky...

Northwest Forestry Research and Data Overview

Providence Water's Tunk Hill Site

Smart Phone or Tablet? We suggest jumping over here for an improved virtual experience!   In the Northeast, climate trends include more rain and more frequent heavy rain events. In addition, warming temperatures may increase insect growth rates, making the region more hospitable...

Forest Management with Providence Water

A changing climate introduces challenges for foresters and natural resource managers in the Northwest. To help adjust their practices or even transform their operations to meet these challenges, we provide the following resources: Adaptation Partners Adaptation Partners is a...

Climate Adaptation Resources for Northwest Forests

Camping Vista at Monongahela Forest Restoration

Smart Phone or Tablet? We suggest jumping over here for an improved virtual experience!   Healthy and diverse forests are more resilient to variations in the climate. Some native plants have traits that make them more adaptable to changing climate conditions. Restoring soils can...

Monongahela Forest Restoration

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Using projections of future climate, ForeCASTS produces maps that depict future suitable habitat ranges for North American tree species in the United States and globally. These pre-generated maps are available online and are intended to help scientists, land managers, and policy...

ForeCASTS: Forecasts of Climate Associated Shifts in Tree Species

Provide up to date information on large wildlife fires in the United States

National Interagency Fire Center

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