Collaborative partnerships form the foundation of all our work.

Climate change is a cross-boundary issue that affects all lands and responding requires diverse skills. Effective partnerships expand the capacities of individual organizations to cope with climate change complexities.

The USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub and the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, a collaborative, multi-institutional partnership led by the USDA Forest Service, lead the Climate Change Response Framework as a joint effort, along with the support from many partners.

Federal Agencies

Bureau of Indian Affairs

National Park Service:

  • Climate Change Response Program
  • National Parks and Units: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Mississippi River National Recreation Area

Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center

Natural Resources Conservation Service

USDA Forest Service:

  • Eastern Region
  • National Forests: Allegheny, Chequamegon-Nicolet, Chippewa, Green Mountain-Finger Lakes, Hiawatha, Hoosier, Huron-Manistee, Mark Twain, Monongahela, Ottawa, Shawnee, Superior, Wayne, White Mountain, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
  • Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry
  • Northern Research Station

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:

  • Wildlife Refuges: Crab Orchard, Big Oaks, and National Tallgrass Prairie, Patoka River, and Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuges

U.S. Geological Survey

State and Local Governments

State Natural Resource Agencies:

New Jersey
New Hampshire
New York
Rhode Island
West Virginia


  • Illinois: Cook, Kane, Lake 
  • Minnesota: Carlton, Hennepin, Lake, St. Louis, Washington 
  • Wisconsin: Bayfield, Florence 

Municipal/Regional Organizations:

  • Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Commission
  • City of Cambridge, MA
  • Twin Cities Metropolitan Council
  • Providence Water

Native American Tribes and Tribal Organizations

1854 Treaty Authority
Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
Bay Mills Indian Community
Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Forest County Potawatomi Community
Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals
Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa
Mashantucket Pequot Tribe
Menominee Tribal Enterprises
Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi
Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Red Lake Nation
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe
Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe
Sault St. Marie Tribe of Lake Superior Chippewa
Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians
Sokaogon Chippewa Community

Private and Non-profit

Aldo Leopold Foundation
American Bird Conservancy
American Forests
American Forest Foundation
Chicago Botanic Garden
Ducks Unlimited
The Field Museum
The Forest Stewards Guild
Heart of the Lakes
Holden Arboretum
LAD Foundation
Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership (LEAP)
Longwood Gardens
Massachusetts Audubon
Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee
Mississippi Park Connection
Missouri Botanical Garden
The Morton Arboretum
New England Forestry Foundation
The Nature Conservancy
Rajala Companies
Renewable Resource Solutions
Trout Unlimited
Trust for Public Land
The Trustee of Reservations
Vermont Land Trust
The Wildlife Conservation Society

Institutes and Cooperatives

Boston Metro Mayors Coalition
Center for Land Use and Sustainability
Central Hardwoods Joint Venture
Chicago Region Trees Initiative
Chicago Wilderness
Cloquet Forestry Center
Center for First American Forestlands
Collaborative Oak Management in Ohio’s Appalachian Forests
Delaware River Basin Project
Illinois Natural History Survey
Massachusetts Woodlands Institute
Michigan Climate Coalition
Minnesota Forest Resources Council
Minnesota Forest Resources Partnership
Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Council
Pinchot Institute
Rhode Island Woodland Partnership
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park
Superior Watershed Partnership
Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative
Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts

Colleges and Universities

College of Menominee Nation
Cornell University
DePaul University
Delaware State University
George Washington University
Indiana University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of Sustainability
Michigan Technological University
Michigan State University
Northland College
Ohio State University
Paul Smith’s College
Penn State University
Purdue University
Rutgers University
Shippensburg University
University of Delaware
University of Connecticut
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts
University of Maine
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Missouri-Columbia
University of Missouri-St. Louis
University of New Hampshire
University of Rhode Island
University of Vermont
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Western Illinois University
West Virginia University