The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) has launched a new initiative to foster the integration of climate change adaptation and carbon mitigation in forests.

This new effort will develop tools and resources related to managing carbon in forested landscapes. It will draw upon the existing Framework toolkit to create a new, carbon-focused “menu” of climate adaptation strategies and approaches that can be used as part of a structured decision-making process. 

With the help of regional scientists and managers, we are creating a decision-support tool for forest managers to use as part of their planning and management activities. Managers will be able to use the new menu of adaptation strategies and approaches with the Adaptation Workbook to assess the feasibility of their management goals given climate change risks and develop customized adaptation actions for implementation. 

View the adaptation strategies and approaches for carbon management (draft)

Recent Activities

  • American Forests, the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, and other partners hosted the Natural and Working Lands Learning Lab for members of the U.S. Climate Alliance in July 2018.
  • The Forest-Climate Working Group Learning Exchange Series features presentations on forest carbon and climate issues to working group members and the public. The December 2018 session highlighted the Practitioner's Menu of Climate Adaptation Strategies and Approaches to Forest Carbon Management

Looking for Collaborators

NIACS is coordinating the development of this tool. We are looking to build this tool with the technical expertise of partners in the region. You are invited to join the project in a variety of ways:

  • Share subject matter expertise
  • Review products
  • Test concepts on real projects
  • Host an adaptation workshop

A long-term product of this work will be the creation of real-world examples of climate-informed forest management. In the past, the CCRF has collaborated with land managers from federal, state, county, tribal, industrial, and non-governmental ownerships to create a growing network of real-world adaptation demonstrations.  These projects provide valuable examples of managers pursuing a variety of conservation and habitat goals in a climate-informed manner.

Contact Todd Ontl for more information.