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A Risk Assessment of Climate Change and the Impact of Forest Diseases on Forest Ecosystems in the Western United States and Canada

A Risk Assessment of Climate Change and the Impact of Forest Diseases projects the effects of eight forest diseases under two climate-change scenarios. Examples are used to describe how various types of forest diseases may respond to environmental changes with a focus on western forests.

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Avoiding Deforestation

Avoiding deforestation can avoid and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and is also an important conservation objective because forests are critical for biodiversity and healthy ecosystems

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Building Carbon in America’s Farms, Forests, and Grasslands: Foundations for a Policy Roadmap

“Building Carbon in America’s Farms, Forests, and Grasslands: Foundations for a Policy Roadmap” offers new analysis to support long-term planning to enhance U.S. land management of carbon sinks to ensure healthy and productive landscapes contribute to greenhouse gas reduction goals.

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Climate Change Resource Center

The United States Forest Service’s (USFS) Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) is a collection of forest management resources. It includes an extensive library, climate change and carbon tools, webinars and short courses by topic area and ecosystem, as well as an introductory webinar for new users.

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Effects of Climate Variability and Change on Forest Ecosystems

This report details challenges of changing climatic conditions primarily in terms of rural forests, but urban forests ecosystems are also mentioned. Climate variability, its impacts, and risk management strategies are discussed by region.

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Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the U.S.

“Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the U.S.” aims to help working land managers understand the impacts of drought and build resilience on their lands. It explains how drought is characterized, drought impacts on forest processes and disturbances such as insect outbreaks and wildfire, and consequences for forest values and management considerations.

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Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers

Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers offers resources to inform adaptation responses for forest land managers.

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Forest and Rangeland Drought – Regional Two-Pagers

Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the United States: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis covers a wide expanse of management issues. The USDA’s Climate Hubs have synthesized the assessment for each of their region’s stakeholders.

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Forest Carbon Solutions for Mitigating Climate Change

Developed by the Forest Climate Working Group, this document serves as a “toolkit” for States that are looking for opportunities to reduce greenhouse gases, stimulate rural economies, and provide for environmental benefits, particularly those States that face significant carbon reduction targets under the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan.

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Forest Lands

Forests are areas of land covered with trees or other woody vegetation. In the United States, EPA reports that forests occupy approximately 751 million acres – about one third of the country’s total land area. These forests provide many benefits and services, including recreation, clean air and water, wildlife habitat, carbon storage, and a variety of forest products.

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