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, addresses urban forest vulnerability for cities across the Midwest and Northeast regions, and creates tools to help local managers adapt to the effects of climate change.

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Urban Vulnerability Assessment

We completed our first urban forest vulnerability assessment in the Chicago Wilderness region, describing climate change risks and opportunities for that area's urban forests. We assessed the vulnerability of trees across the region by evaluating habitat suitability models, projected changes in heat and hardiness zones, and the adaptive capacity of tree species. We also synthesized hundreds of scientific papers, summarized case studies of community-level vulnerability assessments, and incorporated 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

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We are building upon our work in the Chicago Wilderness region to support adaptation activities in urban areas across the Midwest and Northeast.

Contact Leslie Brandt to learn more about this effort

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