Adaptation Planning and Practices

Adaptation Planning and Practices (APP) is an active, hands-on training to help natural resources managers incorporate climate change considerations into their own real-world forest management projects. The training uses information and tools developed through the Climate Change Response Framework, including Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers.


Upcoming Events

We are currently scheduling APP trainings for the upcoming year. Please contact us if you are interested in hosting or attending a training.

November - December 2018: Online Course: Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices for Urban Watersheds. More information.

January 23-24, 2019: Culturally Relevant Climate Change Adaptation Planning for Tribes and Tribal Partners. Cloquet, MN. More information.

January - February 2019: Online Course: Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices for the Central Hardwoods and Central Appalachians. More information.

January - March 2019: Online Course: Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices for New England and New York. More information.

Adaptation in Action

It is becoming increasingly important to consider the potential management challenges and opportunities associated with a changing and uncertain climate. During this active, hands-on training, natural resource managers incorporate climate change considerations and identify actions for adaptation into their own real-world forest management projects.


Is this training for me?

This training is designed for public, private, and tribal natural resource managers across the Midwest and Northeast who are interested in actively enhancing the ability of forests to cope with changing conditions. Individuals and small teams can participate in a APP training. Bringing a small team may help projects  thoroughly consider a variety of management goals and considerations - including woods, water, wildlife, and other factors. 


What are the benefits of participation?

The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) provides assistance during the entire training process to help managers identify and implement adaptation actions in real-world management projects. Through this training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify useful resources on climate change trends, future projections, and forest impacts
  • Describe regional and local effects of climate change on forest ecosystems
  • Understand adaptation concepts and principles in the context of sustainable forest management
  • Use Forest Adaptation Resources in real-world management projects
  • Access post-training support from NIACS
  • Identify potential sources of funding to help implement adaptation projects
  • Receive Continuing Forestry Education Credits(pending approval from Society of American Foresters)


Resources and Curriculum

This training has been developed as part of the Climate Change Response Framework, a collaborative cross-boundary approach to incorporate climate change into natural resources management. Specifically, participants are provided with training on climate change and its effects on forest ecosystems. The course uses the Forest Adaptation Resources ( to consider how climate change may affect a real-world forest management project, identify challenges and opportunities for management under a changing climate, and develop actions to reduce risk and increase the ability of forests to cope with change. 

This training takes advantage of both distance and in-person learning opportunities to maximize efficiency for professional education.  Prior to the in-person component, participants will be provided with materials related to regional climate change effects on forests, and instructions and assistance in selecting a forestry project that will be used during the training. Pre-workshop preparation takes approximately 6 hours to complete, and is followed by a workshop lasting 1-2 days. Post-training follow-up and assistance is available to help managers implement forestry projects after the training. Past FAPP trainings have been accredited for Continuing Forestry Education Credits through the Society of American Foresters, and we anticipate doing so for future events.

This training asks the manager to select a real-life forest management project relevant to their job and location to use during the training. Following the training, the manager can decide to implement the adaptation actions that were identified to serve as examples for other managers.

View details on forest adaptation efforts that have used Forest Adaptation Resources.


Past Events

  • Online Course: Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices for New England and New York. January - March 2018. More information.
  • Wisconsin Wetlands Adaptation Planning and Practices *pilot* workshop. February 23, 2018. More information.
  • Online Course: Urban Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices. November 2017 - January 2018. More information.
  • Minnesota DNR Climate Adaptation (DNR staff only), Cloquet, MN. September 13-14, 2017. More information.
  • Adapting Forested Watersheds to Climate Change, Keene, NH. April 4-5, 2017. More information.
  • Adapting Forested Watersheds to Climate Change, Minocqua, WI. March 15-16, 2017. More information.
  • Online Course: Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices, January-March, 2017. View details. 
  • Preparing Urban Forests in the Boston Region for Climate Change, Boston, MA. January 24-25, 2017.  More information
  • Preparing Urban Forests in the Twin Cities for Climate Change, St. Louis Park, MN. November 15-16, 2016. More information
  • Heart of the Lakes and Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan. Boyne, MI. September 27-28, 2016. More information.
  • Holden Arboretum, Willoughby, OH. April 20-21, 2016. More information.
  • Online Course: Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices, January-February, 2016. View details.
  • University of Wisconsin-Extension, Wausau, WI. December 7-8, 2015.
  • Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, North Woodstock, NH. View details.
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Cloquet, MN. September 22-23, 2015.
  • Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI. June 11-12, 2015.
  • Treetops Resport, Gaylord, MI. June 8-9, 2015.
  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. April 14-15, 2015. View details.
  • Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources, Storrs, CT. March 16-17, 2015. View details.
  • Marion, Illinois. January 21-22, 2015.
  • Morton Arboretum, January 12, 2015.
  • Brunswick, Maine. December 8-10, 2014. View details.
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst. September 23-24, 2014. View details.
  • University of Minnesota, Cloquet Forestry Center. July 10-11, 2014. View details.
  • Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, Feb. 4-6, 2014.
  • Missouri Natural Resources Conference, Feb. 4-5, 2014. View details.
  • Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Dec. 3-4, 2013.
  • College of Menominee Nation, August 20-21, 2013.  View summary.