Project background and scope
Project Process and Implementation
Although restoration activities have been underway for many years, the long-term success of restoration depends on inclusion of climate change information—both assessment of effects and implementation of adaptation options. This is especially true for dry forest ecosystems that are adversely affected by increased disturbances. Climate-informed restoration and other management activities will ensure that investments on restoration are optimized as part of a broader risk assessment process.
- Understand critical sensitivities to climate change in terrestrial systems.
- Identify adaptation options that will improve resilience to climate change.
- Determine how to implement climate change adaptation in land management planning.
- Maintain integrity of native plant populations and prevent exotic species invasions
- Increase forest landscape resilience to large and extensive insect or pathogen outbreaks
- Increase resilience of existing vegetation by reducing hazardous fuels and forest density and maintaining low densities Tactics:
- Conduct thinning treatments (pre-commercial and commercial)
- Thin and burn to reduce hazardous fuels in the wildland-urban interface).
Project challenges and lessons learned
There is considerable uncertainty about the timing and magnitude of climate change effects on natural resources. Significant effects on vegetation will mostly be caused by extreme weather events, although some effects may become chronic later in the 21st century.
Related documents and resources
Halofsky, J.E.; Peterson, D.L.; Dante, S.K.; Ho, J.J.; Hoang, L.; Joyce, L.A., eds. 2018. Vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.