The issue of climate change in managing National Forest System lands has roared into the already cluttered schedules of today’s line officers. Concepts, theories, and elaborate climate models have further confused natural resource planning at the field level. In the course of the average Forest Service line officer’s career, the requirements to plan projects and analyze information has gone from the individual unit scale to a global scale where we are being asked to consider global climatic changes that may affect a landscape’s sustainability and resiliency. There are process models available to help natural resource managers. This presentation briefly outlines a process where line officers can develop future scenarios based on existing information available to them. The presentation also suggests ways to manage risk and engage the public in this complex discussion.