The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) has launched a new initiative to foster the integration of climate change adaptation and the management of lands for recreation

This effort developed tools and resources related to managing risk in recreation areas. It draws upon the existing Framework toolkit to create a new, recreation-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 created a decision-support tool for land managers to use as part of their planning and management activities. Managers can 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. 

Download the adaptation strategies and approaches for recreation here. 

Download a 1-paged summary of adaptation strategies for outdoor recreation, here.

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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 Maria Janowiak, and Leslie Brandt for more information.