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The remainder of the 21st century will present significant challenges for forest watershed management, as rapid and compounded climatic and socioeconomic changes contribute to an increasingly uncertain future. Among these challenges is an increased risk of water scarcity for a growing human population, even in regions where water has historically been abundant. Periods of low rainfall are likely to be punctuated by episodes of heavy precipitation. Due to their ability to moderate hydrologic extremes and improve water quality by filtering nutrients and sediment, forests from rural to urban landscapes will be increasingly relied upon to provide clean, reliable water supplies for human uses, as well as for aquatic ecosystems.   

 

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

This is a global network providing access to peer practitioners, tools, information and training focused on nature-based solutions to enhance coastal resilience.

Coastal Resilience

US Forest Service MC1 https://www.fs.usda.gov/ccrc/tools/mc1

MC1 was created to assess the potential impacts of global climate change on ecosystem structure and function. It is a dynamic vegetation model, meaning that it gives the user information about the processes (e.g. nutrient cycling, fire) that will influence vegetation responses...

MC1 Dynamic Vegetation Model

Local weather and climate affect Northwest working landscapes by determining forests composition and affecting forest growth, disease, and soil health. Understanding current weather and climate is important for supporting sustainable timber production in the Northwest. The...

Northwest Forestry, Weather and Climate

Regional Assessments Understanding and Assessing Climate Change: Implications for Nebraska 2014 Understanding and Assessing Climate Change: Implications for Nebraska documents many of the key challenges that Nebraska will face as a result of climate change. Commentaries from...

Understanding and Assessing Climate Change: Implications for Nebraska 2014

Regional Assessments Colorado Climate Plan (2015) The Colorado Climate Plan is a statewide strategy of policy recommendations and actions to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and to increase Colorado’s level of preparedness. The Colorado Climate Plan focuses on seven main...

Colorado Climate Plan 2015 Regional Assessment

Find demonstration project stories at www.forestadaptation.org/demos

How are land managers adapting to climate change? It can be helpful for natural resource managers to see what others are doing in the real world to respond to the impacts of climate change in land management. Demonstration projects are living examples of how managers have...

Demonstration Projects

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