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The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub collaborated with Cornell Cooperative Extension and The Nature Conservancy to offer the Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices workshop for forest managers in New York. This 2-day workshop provided hands-on training in considering climate change information and identifying adaptation actions for natural resources management professionals whose focus is on sustainable management of forests and watersheds. Participants received coaching and feedback on their own real-world climate adaptation project.

October 22-23, 2018. Cornell Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra, NY

This workshop was approved for 11 CFE credits from the Society of American Foresters. Attendance records were uploaded to the SAF website on 10/26/18.

We hosted a pre-workshop webinar on October 16th at 2pm. This webinar introduced participants to the adaptation workbook, and provided some pointers for choosing a project and team to bring to the workshop. View the recorded webinar here.

Want to have your project featured as one of our adaptation demonstrations projects? Fill out this template and email it to us. 

For questions about the workshop, please contact Patricia Leopold.

Co-hosts and collaborators

Patricia Leopold - Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science & Michigan Technological University, USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub

Patricia serves as coordinator for the Climate Change Response Framework projects in the Central Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic regions. She has recently assisted the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to complete a vulnerability assessment and adaptation plan. Patricia continues to work with partners in both regions to incorporate climate change into planning and management.


Maria Janowiak, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science & US Forest Service

Maria Janowiak is Deputy Director for the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science. She coordinates for the New England Climate Change Response Framework, serving the states of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Maria has been working with land managers on issues related to climate change and adaptation since 2007.