Adaptation Planning and Practices is an active, hands-on training, to assist urban forest and natural areas managers in incorporating climate change considerations and identifying actions for adaptation into their own real-world forest management projects. This training is available for a limited number of participants who have a specific project in mind. Through this training, participants will be able to:
- Describe regional and local effects of climate change on urban forests and ecosystems
- Understand adaptation concepts and principles in the context of sustainable urban forest management
- Use Forest Adaptation Resources in real-world management projects to:
- Identify challenges and opportunities for management
- Develop actionable steps to adapt forests to changing conditions
- Create their own climate-informed forest management project
We ask that participants develop a project idea and gain familiarity with key resources prior to the training, which helps make the best use of time at the in-person training. Examples of projects that may be a good fit:
- Developing or updating a planting list for street, park, or residential trees
- Updating or developing a master plan or other planning effort for a municipality, park, or natural area
- Selecting species for tree sales or nursery production
- A restoration project in a natural area
- Landscaping or green infrastructure projects
Examples of other projects can be found here.
As a foundation to this training, all participants are encouraged to attend a 1-hour webinar on March 23rd at 3pm Eastern.
This workshop is co-hosted by Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub, USDA Forest Service, the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment, Floracliff Nature Sanctuary, and the Lexington Urban Forest Inititiave.