Urban forests are experiencing impacts from climate change.

Urban forests make up a small percentage of forests in the United States, but are a key component of where most of the population lives and recreates on a daily basis. The Urban Forestry Framework project, tested first in Chicago and now expanded to other regions, addresses urban forest vulnerability for cities in the United states, and creates tools to help local managers adapt to the effects of climate change.

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Urban Vulnerability Assessment

Urban forest vulnerability assessments examine climate change risks and opportunities for each area's urban forest. We assess vulnerability by evaluating habitat suitability models, projected changes in heat and hardiness zones, and the adaptive capacity of tree species. We also synthesize hundreds of scientific papers, summarize case studies of community-level vulnerability assessments, and incorporate forest manager expertise to assess the effects of climate change on urban forests.

Download the Chicago Wilderness Vulnerability Assessment

Highlights and technical summary (4 pages) of this assessment

Download the draft Austin, Texas Vulnerability Assessment

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We support adaptation activities in urban areas across the United States, with a focus on the Midwest and Northeast.

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Resources for Other Urban Areas

Climate Change Projections for Tree Species

The following documents provide summarized lists of projected tree species responses to climate change. 

Find tree species projections for other states and regions