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Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5922 State Route 28N, Newcomb, NY
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This session was held to:

  • Provide information on the current and anticipated effects of climate change on local forests
  • Describe how to integrate climate change considerations into management planning and activities
  • Share examples real-world projects that considered climate change adaptation as one of multiple management objectives

An afternoon field activity also provided active, hands-on training. Natural resource managers will used the adaptation workbook to discuss actions for management and adaptation for a nearby forest site.

Contact Maria Janowiak with any questions about this workshop.

Co-hosts and collaborators
  • USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub and USDA Forest Service
  • Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Forest Stewards Guild
  • Society of American Foresters

Maria Janowiak is deputy director of the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, led by the USDA Forest Service. Her biggest project is to coordinate the Climate Change Response Framework activities in New England and northern New York, an area that includes more than 40 million acres of forest stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the peaks of the Appalachians. She has also assisted in expanding adaptation work to new topics, including agriculture and carbon management. Maria has more than ten years of experience in helping natural resource professionals understand and adapt to climate change, with particular emphasis on the northern forests ecosystems. She has led multiple ecoregional vulnerability assessments, created decision-support tools, taught courses, and provided direct outreach to thousands of people.


Patricia Leopold coordinates the Climate Change Response Framework projects in the Central Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic. In both regions, our partners work together to create and update forest vulnerability assessments that synthesize scientific models and published research to predict forest response to climate change under a range of future climate scenarios. Patricia helps managers use the Adaptation Workbook process to consider how vulnerabilities may affect management goals and supports them when developing individual adaptation actions that can help address vulnerabilities and meet management objectives. These resources are adaptive, incorporate new information into planning processes, and work at multiple scales - from from wood lots to state agencies and cross-boundary management topics. 

This event is supported by our partners
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