Wetland Adaptation Resources Namekagon Fen, Cheq-Nicolet National Forest, USDA Forest Service

With the help of regional natural resources professionals and scientists, NIACS is partnering with WICCI - Plants and Natural Communities working group to create adaptation resources specific to non-forested wetlands in the Midwest, with special emphasis on Wisconsin. We are working together to create adaptation resources for watershed managers to use as part of their planning and management activities. Contact Danielle or Amy Staffen for more information.

A draft version of the menu of strategies and approaches for non-forested wetlands is available upon request. Managers can use the new menu of adaptation strategies and approaches with the Adaptation Workbook to assess risk and to develop customized adaptation actions for implementation. Find resources for forested watershed management, applicable to forested wetland management at forestadaptation.org/water.

  • Read about a forested wetland adaptation project that used NIACS resources in their project planning (here). 


Climate vulnerability resources:

  • WICCI Plants and Natural Community Group has developed vulnerability assessments. Use these resources as a starting point to understanding the risks associated to non-forested wetland systems at your location -
  1. Broad Community Factsheet on Climate Change Vulnerability for Non-forested Wetlands (download here)
  2. Broad Community Factsheet on Climate Change Vulnerability for Great Lakes Shorelines (download here)
  3. All other climate change vulnerability assessments specific to natural communities, including Open Bog, Poor Fen, etc. (download here)


Additional resources:


Please contact Danielle Shannon, and Amy Staffen with questions.


Forested wetland adaptation project video -> Ducks Unlimited, Inc.: Improving Bottomland Hardwood Forest and Wetland Resiliency


Past events

We partnered with the Wisconsin Initiative for Climate Change Impacts - Plants and Natural Communities Group to host a one day adaptation workshop in Lake Geneva, WI, on February 23, 2018. This workshop helped practitioners to identify actions that enhance wetland ecosystems to adapt to changing conditions. Following the 2018 Wetland Science Conference this active, hands-on workshop used the Adaptation Workbook to consider climate change impacts and identify adaptation options in real-world management situations.

Step-by-step instruction using the Adaptation Workbook, and small group exercises was provided by professional facilitators from the USDA Climate Hubs, and the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science.  Individuals in attendance attended the Wetland Science Conference prior to the workshop. Special thanks to the Wisconsin Wetlands Association for supporting this event.


*Pre-workshop webinar (below)*

download webinar slides can be found here >>