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The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub are offering the Adaptation Planning and Practices training as an online course for forest and natural resource managers.

We are encouraging projects from the Midwest and Northeast US related to:

  • Forests
  • Forest watersheds
  • Urban forests

This unique opportunity provides hands-on training in considering climate change information and identifying adaptation actions for natural resources management professionals working in forests and natural ecosystems. Participants will receive coaching and feedback while using the Adaptation Workbook to develop their own real-world climate adaptation project. The course consists of seven, two-hour web sessions with work time occurring between sessions.

Through this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify locally-important climate change impacts, challenges, and opportunities
  • Develop specific actions to adapt forests to changing conditions
  • Use the Adaptation Workbook to create their own “climate-informed” projects
  • Better communicate with stakeholders about key climate change impacts, challenges, and opportunities
  • Access post-training support from NIACS staff during project planning and implementation

There is no registration fee thanks to support from the US Forest Service and the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub.

** Registration for this course, coming soon! **

Course agenda

  • Session 1 (April 20) — Course Introduction; Defining Project Goals and Objectives
  • Session 2 (April 27) — Understanding and Evaluating Climate Change Vulnerabilities 
  • Session 3 (May 4) — Evaluating Management Challenges and Opportunities 
  • Session 4 (May 11) — Identifying Adaptation Strategies, Approaches, and Tactics 
  • Session 5 (May 25) — Monitoring and Evaluating Effectiveness
  • Session 6 (June 1) — Telling your Adaptation Story, Part 1
  • Session 7 (June 8) — Telling your Adaptation Story, Part 2
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Co-hosts and collaborators

Please contact Maria Janowiak and Danielle Shannon with questions or concerns.