Climate Change & West Virginia's Forests was organized by NIACS and the Environmental Research Center at WVU to enable natural resource professionals integrate climate change considerations into management and conservation. About 40 professionals attended the event in April, 2015, which:

  • Provided information on the current and anticipated effects of climate change on West Virginia and its forests
  • Described resources and tools that can be used to integrate climate change into resource conservation
  • Outlined adaptation concepts and strategies in the context of sustainable forest management
  • Identified actions that enhance the ability of forests and other ecosystems to adapt to changing conditions


Adaptation examples from West Virginia are available below:

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.