Topic: US Forest Service
This study looks at changing winter conditions in northern Wisconsin and how shorter periods of frozen ground are changing timber harvesting and forest operations. Climate change may be indirectly affecting which species can grow and thrive by affecting the trees that are harvested during these warmer winters.
To help meet the challenges of a changing climate, several government agencies have collaborated to release new resources to the public. A Climate Resilience Toolkit provides resources and a framework for understanding and addressing the climate issues that impact people and their communities. The Climate Explorer lets users visualize climate-related datasets, and dozens of new climate-related datasets have been added to the information portal Data.gov.
This paper reviews current scientific knowledge on projected climate changes in the Pacific Northwest, plant responses and adaptability to these changes, and recent model projections of vegetation responses to future climate change scenarios, with emphasis on five major biome types. It includes a discussion of current approaches and resources for developing climate change adaptation strategies, including restoring historical vegetation structure and composition, promoting resistance to change, promoting resilience to change, and facilitating anticipated responses to change.
In these collected papers, leading scientists, resource managers and policy specialists explore the implications of climate change and other manifestations of the Anthropocene on the management of wildlife habitat, biodiversity, water, and other resources, with particular attention to the effects of wildfire. Recommendations include the need for a supporting institutional, legal, and policy framework that is not just different but more dynamic, to facilitate resource management adaptation and preparedness in a period of accelerating environmental change.
The North Cascadia Adaptation Partnership (NCAP) is a science-management partnership that has worked with numerous stakeholders over 2 years to identify climate change issues relevant to resource management in the North Cascades, and to find solutions that will help the diverse ecosystems of this region transition into a warmer climate. The NCAP provided education, conducted a climate change vulnerability assessment, and developed adaptation options for federal agencies that manage 2.4 million hectares in north-central Washington.