Climate Change, Forests, and Water

The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) is launching a new intiative that will build on the success of the Forest Adaptation Resources and associated Adaptation Workbook that have been developed for natural resource professionals in the Midwest and Northeast. This new effort will develop tools and resources related to managing water resources in forested landscapes. It will draw upon the existing toolkit to create a new, water-focused “menu” of climate adaptation strategies and approaches that can be used as part of a structured decision-making process.  

With the help of regional scientists and managers, we are creating a structured decision-support tool for watershed managers to use as part of their planning and management activitites. Contact Danielle for more information. Learn more about this effort. 

  • Download a 1 pg version of the menu of strategies and approaches for forested watersheds  >> here <<

Managers will be able to use the new menu of adaptation strategies and approaches with the Adaptation Workbook to assess the feasibility of their management goals given climate change risks and develop customized adaptation actions for implementation.

Upcoming Activities (stay tuned!)

Past activities

What does watershed climate adaptation look like?

What does habitat reconnection look like? How can a manager improve habitats to sustain quality given extreme conditions? See how the Monongahela Nationa Forest is doing it by way of river restoration and road decomission effort (video below)

Stream Restoration on the Monongahela_Final from NIACS on Vimeo.


Looking for Collaborators

NIACS is coordinating the development of this tool. We are looking to build this tool with the technical expertise of partners in the region. You are invited to join the project in a variety of ways:

  • Share subject matter expertise
  • Review product
  • Test concepts on real projects
  • Host an adaptation workshop


Real People Doing Real Work

A long-term product of this work will be the creation of real-world examples of climate-informed watershed management.

In the past, the CCRF has collaborated with land managers from federal, state, county, tribal, industrial, and non-governmental ownerships to create a growing network (>185 projects) of real-world adaptation demonstrations

These projects provide valuable examples of managers pursuing a variety of conservation and habitat goals in a climate-informed manner.