Natural resource managers will learn how to streamline developing and implementing management actions that help ecosystems respond to climate change. This workshop will:
- Provide information on the current and anticipated effects of climate change on the forested landscapes across New York and New England.
- Outline adaptation concepts and strategies supporting sustainable management of forests, water, and other natural resources.
- Describe resources and tools that can be used to integrate climate change into the management of forests and forest watersheds.
- Identify actions that enhance the ability of forests and other ecosystems to adapt to changing conditions.
Real-world examples of climate adaptation projects that work to meet landowner goals will be featured, and participants will engage in a variety of interactive activities to identify climate change issues and potential adaptation actions.
WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE
Professional foresters and natural resource professionals working for tribal organizations and partners.
We ask participants to select a real‐life land management project relevant to their job to use during the workshop.
A management project could be part of a forest management plan, timber harvest prescription, or other natural resource management project. We encourage small teams of 2-5 people to work together on your project, but individuals working on their own are also welcome. Small teams would include the people most relevant to making decisions about your project, such as planners, specialists, or managers).
Contact Les Benedict, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, to register via email or at (518) 358-5937 x118
A $25 registration fee will help offset the workshop costs. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Organized by the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Environment Division, NIACS, and USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub.
Maria Janowiak is deputy director of the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, led by the USDA Forest Service. Her biggest project is to coordinate the Climate Change Response Framework activities in New England and northern New York, an area that includes more than 40 million acres of forest stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the peaks of the Appalachians. She has also assisted in expanding adaptation work to new topics, including agriculture and carbon management. Maria has more than ten years of experience in helping natural resource professionals understand and adapt to climate change, with particular emphasis on the northern forests ecosystems. She has led multiple ecoregional vulnerability assessments, created decision-support tools, taught courses, and provided direct outreach to thousands of people.
Patricia Leopold coordinates the Climate Change Response Framework projects in the Central Appalachians region (29 million acres across Ohio, West Virginia, and western Maryland) and in the Mid-Atlantic region (60 million acres across eastern Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and southern New York. In both regions, our partners work together to create and update forest vulnerability assessments that synthesize scientific models and published research to predict forest response to climate change under a range of future climate scenarios. Patricia helps managers use the Adaptation Workbook process to consider how vulnerabilities may affect management goals and supports them when developing individual adaptation actions that can help address vulnerabilities and meet management objectives. These resources are adaptive, incorporate new information into planning processes, and work at multiple scales - from from wood lots to state agencies and cross-boundary management topics.