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The entire state of West Virginia is within the Central Appalachians Framework. The highly diverse mountainous terrain is more than three-quarters covered by forest. Oak and hickory can be found throughout the state, while red spruce, balsam fir, and northern hardwoods thrive at higher elevations. Major rivers-including the Ohio, Monongahela, Kanawha, and Potomac–support rich bottomland pin oak forests that are associated with unique communities at varying elevations. Understanding and managing the impacts of climate change on the Central Appalachians’ diverse forests will help us maintain their many benefits.

A key step to understanding the potential impacts of climate change in the Central Appalachians Region is conducting a vulnerability assessment. The Central Appalachians Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment (2015) is now available online as a General Technical Report. For more information, contact Patricia Butler.

Use the menu above to explore Partnerships, Vulnerability Assessments, Forest Adaptation Resources, and Demonstration Projects in West Virginia or return to the Central Appalachians Climate Change Response Framework.

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  • Brief

    Adapting Watersheds To Ecosystem And Climate Stressors

    The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) is launching a new intiative that will build on the success of the Forest Adaptation Resources and associated Adaptation Workbook that have be...

    Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, CT, Forest Adaptation Resources, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwoods, DE, Brief, IL, Demonstration Projects, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV

  • PPT

    Forest Adaptation Examples

    Presentation by Patricia Butler at the International Association of Landscape Ecology's 2016 Annual Meeting, Asheville, NC, USA

    Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, CT, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwoods, DE, Demonstration Projects, PPT, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, VT, WV

  • PPT

    Introducing the Online Adaptation Workbook

    NIACS hosted a webinar to introduce the online Adaptation Workbook. The presentation explained how this new tool works and how it can help you integrate climate change considerations into your work. ...

    Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, CT, Forest Adaptation Resources, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwoods, Urban, DE, IL, IN, PPT, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV, Chicago

  • Video

    Central Appalachians Vulnerability Assessment

    This video presentation summarizes the potential effects of climate change on forests of the Central Appalachians based on the results of the forest ecosystem vulnerability assessment published in 201...

    Central Appalachians, Video, Vulnerability Assessment, MD, OH, WV

  • PPT

    Climate change & West Virginia's Forests - Real-world Examples of Forest Adaptation

    Presentation by Kent Karriker (Monongahela National Forest) on real-world examples of forest adaptation from the Climate Change & West Virginia's Forests event held on April 14, 2015.

    Central Appalachians, PPT, WV

  • PPT

    Climate change & West Virginia's Forests - Adapting Forests to Climate Change

    Presentation by Danielle Shannon (Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science) on adaptation concepts from the Climate Change & West Virginia's Forests event held on April 14, 2015.

    Central Appalachians, PPT, WV

  • PPT

    Climate Change Effects on Brook Trout and Stream Habitat

    Presentation by Todd Petty (West Virginia University) on brook trout and stream habitat from the Climate Change & West Virginia's Forests event held on April 14, 2015.

    Central Appalachians, PPT, WV

  • PPT

    Climate Change & West Virginia's Forest - Effects on Hydrology

    Presentation by Nicolas Zegre (West Virginia University) on climate change effects on hydrology from the Climate Change & West Virginia's Forests event held on April 14, 2015.

    Central Appalachians, PPT, WV

  • PPT

    Climate Change & West Virginia's Forest - Effects on Forest Ecosystems

    Presentation by Patricia Butler (Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science) on climate change effects on forest ecosystems from the Climate Change & West Virginia's Forests event held on April...

    Central Appalachians, PPT, WV

  • PPT

    Climate Change & West Virginia's Forest - Future Climate Projections

    Presentation by Alex Bryan (Northeast Climate Science Center) on general circulation models and future climate projections from the Climate Change & West Virginia's Forests event held on April 14,...

    Central Appalachians, PPT, WV

  • PPT

    Climate Change & West Virginia's Forest - Past Climate Trends

    Presentation by James Leonard (Marshall University) on past observations of climate change from the Climate Change & West Virginia's Forests event held on April 14, 2015.

    Central Appalachians, PPT, WV

  • PPT

    Climate Change & West Virginia's Forest - Introductory presentation

    Introductory presentation from the Climate Change & West Virginia's Forests event held on April 14, 2015.

    Central Appalachians, PPT, WV

  • Doc

    Central Appalachians Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis

    Forest ecosystems in the Central Appalachians will be affected directly and indirectly by a changing climate over the 21st century (Butler et al. 2015). This assessment evaluates the vulnerability of...

    Central Appalachians, Vulnerability Assessment, Doc, MD, OH, WV

  • Doc

    Climate Change & West Virginia's Forests (Workshop/Training)

    Climate Change & West Virginia's Forests was organized by NIACS and the Environmental Research Center at WVU to enable natural resource professionals integrate climate change considerations into m...

    Central Appalachians, Demonstration Projects, Doc, MD, OH, WV

  • Brief

    Agenda: Climate Change & West Virginia's Forests

    This briefing provides basic information on the adaptation training event April 14 and 15, 2015 in Morgantown, WV. 

    Central Appalachians, Brief, Demonstration Projects, MD, WV

  • Brief

    Central Appalachians Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis Technical Summary

    This four-page technical summary covers highlights from the Central Appalachians forest ecosystem vulnerability assessment and synthesis: a report from the Central Appalachians Climate Change Response...

    Central Appalachians, Brief, Vulnerability Assessment, MD, OH, WV

  • Doc

    Central Appalachians June 2013 Newsletter

    This regular newsletter features project updates, relevant reading, and webinars and events of interest related to the Central Appalachians region and climate change. The June 2013 newsletter can be d...

    Central Appalachians, Doc, MD, OH, WV

  • PPT

    Central Appalachians Vulnerability Assessment Kickoff

    These slides were presented to Federal, State, and NGO partners of the Central Appalachians Climate Change Response Framework. They give an overview of the proposed vulnerability assessment chapters....

    Central Appalachians, Vulnerability Assessment, PPT, MD, OH, WV

  • Brief

    Climate Change Response Framework: Vulnerability Assessments for Forest Ecosystems

    This document summarizes the scope of the vulnerability assessment, its contents, and the vulnerability determination process. It also contains a progress report that is specific to the Central Appala...

    Central Appalachians, Brief, Vulnerability Assessment, OH, WV

  • Doc

    Forest Adaptation Resources

    Forests across the United States are already changing in response to the changing climate, and natural resource professionals increasingly need to address new challenges for management and conservatio...

    Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, CT, Forest Adaptation Resources, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwoods, Urban, DE, IL, IN, Doc, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV, Chicago

Partners

  • Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative

    Central Appalachians, Mid-Atlantic, Partnerships, MD, NJ, NY, OH, PA, WV

  • Climate Hubs: Midwest, Northeast, Northern Forests

    Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, CT, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwoods, Urban, DE, Partnerships, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV, Chicago

  • Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Sciences

    Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, CT, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwoods, Urban, DE, Partnerships, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV, Chicago

  • Michigan Technological University

    Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, CT, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwoods, Urban, DE, Partnerships, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV, Chicago

  • Monongahela National Forest

    Central Appalachians, Partnerships, WV

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service

    Central Appalachians, Mid-Atlantic, New England, DE, Partnerships, MD, NJ, NY, OH, PA, WV

  • NatureServe

    Central Appalachians, Forest Adaptation Resources, Partnerships, Vulnerability Assessment, Demonstration Projects, MD, OH, WV

  • Northeast Climate Science Center

    Central Appalachians, CT, Mid-Atlantic, New England, DE, Partnerships, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WV

  • Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science

    Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, CT, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwoods, Urban, DE, Partnerships, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV, Chicago

  • Northern Research Station

    Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, CT, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwoods, Urban, DE, Partnerships, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV, Chicago

  • Northern Research Station: Sustaining Forests in a Changing Environment

    Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, CT, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwoods, Urban, DE, Partnerships, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV, Chicago

  • The Nature Conservancy

    Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, Mid-Atlantic, DE, Partnerships, IL, IN, MD, MI, MO, NJ, NY, OH, PA, WI, WV

  • The Nature Conservancy LANDFIRE Team

    Central Appalachians, Northwoods, Partnerships, MI, OH, WV

  • US Forest Service Eastern Region

    Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, CT, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwoods, Urban, DE, Partnerships, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV, Chicago

  • US Forest Service Northeastern Area State & Private Forestry

    Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, CT, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwoods, Urban, DE, Partnerships, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV, Chicago

  • West Virginia Division of Forestry

    Central Appalachians, Forest Adaptation Resources, Partnerships, Vulnerability Assessment, Demonstration Projects, WV

  • WVU Division of Forestry and Natural Resources

    Central Appalachians, Forest Adaptation Resources, Partnerships, Vulnerability Assessment, Demonstration Projects, WV

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Demonstration Projects

  • The Big Rock vegetation management project will address the potential environmental impacts due to creating early successional forest; enhancing the growth and mast production of forest stands;...

    Central Appalachians, Federal, Planning, Demonstration Projects, WV

  • Staff from the Monongahela National Forest used Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers to identify actions to enhance the longterm resiliency of high-elevation spruce ecosystems under a changing climate.

    Central Appalachians, Federal, Patricia, Action, Demonstration Projects, WV