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The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub offered the Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices training as an online, six-week course! The first course dates are January/February 2016, with future course offerings in the planning stages.

This unique opportunity provides hands-on training in considering climate change information and identifying adaptation actions for natural resources management and conservation. Participants will receive coaching and feedback on their own real-world climate adaptation project. The online Adaptation Workbook tool is featured, with special course features and additional materials.

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
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Co-hosts and collaborators

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.


Todd Ontl, USDA Northern Forest Climate Hub & US Forest Service

As a Fellow for the Northern Forests Climate Hub at NIACS, his primary role is to add capacity to the education and outreach efforts of the Climate Change Response Framework while conducting research on understanding forest adaptation decision making of land managers and woodland owners throughout the Midwest and New England.