NIACS and the Forest Stewards Guild's webinar series focuses on forests and climate change adaptation. The series brings together scientists and managers to learn about and discuss emerging topics related to the effects of climate change on forest management, with a focus on forests in New England and New York. Each session explores the latest scientific information from someone actively researching the issue, followed by an example of a real-world management project.
Communicating Climate Adaptation
As we work to confront impacts of climate change and to support adaptation in our forests, being able to communicate effectively with other professionals and stakeholders is crucial. This webinar addressed best practices for talking about climate change with natural resources professionals and woodland owners.
Featuring Lisa Hayden, New England Forestry Foundation, and Eric Hansen, Ferrucci & Walicki, LLC, on August 13, 2020.
Continuing education credits from the Society of American Foresters are offered for webinar attendees. Contact Amanda Mahaffey for more information.
Communications Research & Resources
- Recommendations for Communicating about Climate Change from the Land Trust Alliance and Mass ECAN Climate Communications Expert Work Group, including an annotated bibliography and some recommendations for Developing a Communications Product
- Yale Program on Climate Change Communication has a wealth of resources. Check out the Six Americas Super Short Survey (SASSY!) and Climate Opinion Maps.
- From Engagement to Action: Supporting Woodland Owners in Decisions About Their Land by New England Forestry Foundation (report)
- Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively (TELE)
Communications Examples: Adaptation
- Considerations for Your Woodlot – Resources for Foresters and Landowners from My Mass Conn Woods (fact sheets, checklists, etc.)
- Keeping Your Woods Healthy through the Years Ahead for landowners (factsheet) - available for MA/CT, RI, ME (VT in development)
- Keep Forests Healthy: A Tool to Assess Forest Resilience, Health, and Productivity (factsheet/scorecard)
- Increasing Forest Resiliency for an Uncertain Climate Future by Paul Catanzaro, UMass Amherst, and Tony D’Amato, University of Vermont (booklet)
Communications Examples: Forest Carbon
- Forest Carbon: An Essential Natural Solution for Climate Change by Paul Catanzaro, UMass Amherst, and Tony D’Amato, University of Vermont (booklet)
- Carbon Storage on MassWildlife Lands: Land Protection and Management Practices Provide Big Gains for Both Wildlife and Climate by MassWildlife (website)
- Managing Our Forests...For Carbon Benefit by Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (website)
- Forests: a Natural Solution for Climate Change by The Nature Conservancy (graphic)
- Valuing our Forests in a Changing Climate by Massachusetts Forest Forum (statement)