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.

Climate change is a major challenge in natural resource management, both because of the magnitude of potential effects and because of the uncertainty associated with climate change projections and effects. Adapting resource management to changing conditions is critical to reduce...

Climate Risk Management Practices

Sensitivities A. There will be increased opportunity for invasive species establishment with increased disturbance and shifting plant species composition under changing climate. B. Climate change may lead to loss of climatically suitable habitat for persistent pinyon-juniper...

Climate Risk Management Practices: Non-Forest Vegetation

Drought, Ecosystem Functions, and Recreation Drought conditions present challenges for managing recreation opportunities on national forests and grasslands by affecting ecosystem functions that drive demand for recreation. For recreationalists, direct effects of drought are...

The Effects of Drought on Recreation and Wilderness

Ponderosa pine

Sensitivities A. Warming temperatures will lead to longer fire seasons, increased wildfire frequency, and increased area burned across the western U.S. B. There will be increased opportunity for invasive species establishment with increased disturbance and shifting plant species...

Climate Risk Management Practices: Forest Vegetation

To convey information contained in the Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis for New England and Northern New York forests.

Storymap of Climate Change and Adaptation: New England

This field guide is designed to put useful climate change and adaptation information into the hands of natural resource professionals as they walk through the woods. This field guide provides summary information about the effects of climate change on northern Minnesota’s forests...

Climate Change Field Guide for Northern Minnesota Forests: Site-level considerations and adaptation

Piñyon decline in the Lincoln National Forest due to drought and insect infestations

The National Drought Resilience Partnership is an effort to promote stronger drought resilience on federal lands. As a part of this effort, the U.S. Forest Service conducted a series of focused workshops across the country to understand the management opportunities and...

Drought Impacts in the Southwestern Region

From a Dec. 8, 2017, International Space Station flyover of Southern California, NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik photographed the plumes of smoke rising from wildfires

CALFIRE-statewide map of California fires.  By following the link on the CAL FIRE home page one can obtain up-to-date and useful  information related to specific incidents in the state – information includes approximate wildfire locations, road closures, general precautionary...

California Wildfires Information

autumn road view

“Low-volume” roads are roads with traffic volumes generally less than 400 vehicles per day. Across New England these roads provide a critical transportation link for rural communities and commerce. They also provide access to forests for logging and other forest management...

The Future of Winter Roads

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