AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, TX, UT, WA, WY (includes Pacific Island Territories)
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.
Understanding the Science of Climate Change Talking Points: Impacts to Prairie Potholes and Grasslands is a USDOI Natural Resource Report that is intended to provide park and refuge area managers and staff with accessible, up-to date information about climate change and climate change impacts to the resources they protect.
The Coastal Areas Impacts and Climate Change Adaptation Website offers assessments of climate change impacts and adaptation efforts by region or by sector. It also provides additional resources, including an adaptation overview, which highlights examples of adaptation and ongoing adaptation efforts.
The Nature Conservancy’s Coastal Resilience Network provides geographically targeted resources to address ecological and socio-economic risks of coastal hazards through raising awareness, assessing risk, identifying choices, and taking action.
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.
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.
The frequency of large wildfires and the total area burned have been steadily increasing, especially in the Western United States.
After five years of work, Jefferson Land Trust’s Conservation Plan, a long-range, hundred-year vision of county growth and resource stewardship, was completed in 2010. JLT’s projects highlight how strategic planning can effectively align complementary management objectives such as stewarding sustainable working lands, conserving habitat, providing recreation, and enhancing overall resilience of ecosystems.
The updated National Climate Assessment report makes it clear that climate change is not some problem in the distant future. It’s happening right now in every part of the country, making an undeniable case for local, national, and global action to mitigate and adapt to reduce risk of impacts.
Coastal areas are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, but land trusts in these areas are already successfully working to manage coastal habitats for climate change. Planning to address observed shifts and anticipating likely future impacts can help achieve long-term management objectives and build resilience of critical ecosystems.