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Eastern Region (R9) Resources

The results listed below represent the latest additions in educational resources, climate change and carbon tools, videos, and topic-specific briefings for the Forest Service's Eastern Region. You can use the filter to further refine your results or, if you are looking for briefings on a specific subject, you may find it easier to search within the topics section of the site.
Sugar maple is a sensitive species and has experienced climate-related decline historically. The observed declines may occur for several reasons: insects, drought, or freeze-thaw events. It has been observed that even subtle disturbances will tend to favor the beech component within the maple-beech…
Agroforestry is the intentional mixing of trees and shrubs into crop and animal production systems to create environmental, economic, and social benefits. This private land management approach provides opportunities for shared stewardship on agricultural and forested lands, including those adjacent…
The Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia is working to improve soil and forest health, to help these forests better cope with future change. Learn how they're using creative logistics to add lime to forest soils in order to combat acid rain.
Warmwater rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds contain valuable recreational fisheries and diverse biological communities but are also among the most highly-altered aquatic habitats in the United States. Climate-induced changes in temperature and precipitation will directly and indirectly impact…
For forests, climate change does not just mean fewer trees—instead, it threatens to reduce the biodiversity of species that make ecosystems productive and sustainable. A growing body of research suggests relocating some tree populations may help them adapt to future climates.
This paper provides a menu of tiered adaptation strategies, which were developed with a focus on forests of the Midwest and Northeastern U.S., as part of a flexible framework to support the integration of climate change considerations into forested watershed management and conservation activities.
Outdoor recreation is the most ubiquitous and popular activity that is supported by America’s public lands, and is an essential way that people interface with America’s natural and cultural heritage (White et al. 2016, Cutler et al. 2017). Federal lands are host to over 938 million recreational…
The pace of climate change may exceed the ability of many species to adapt in place or migrate to suitable habitats, and this raises the possibility of extinction or local extirpation. Assisted migration, human-assisted movement of species in response to climate change, is one management option…
A diverse array of forest types cover the northeastern US, underlain by a complex mosaic of geology that arose from patterns of glacial retreat. These forest types support a suite of native and exotic insects and pathogens that can be damaging pests at times and under certain environmental…
In 2017, drought workshops were held in each region for Forest Service staff, researchers, and partners to examine the role that drought or water surplus plays in delivering a suite of ecosystem services. This fact sheet summarizes the topics discussed in the Eastern Region workshop.
The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and USDA Forest Service published a new report describing the anticipated effects of climate change on forest ecosystems in the northeast.
On the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, management efforts are reconnecting stream habitats, creating well-forested riparian areas, and providing complex in-stream habitat for fish and other aquatic species.
This case study describes the collaborative implementation of the Urban Forestry Climate Change Response Framework (CCRF) in the Chicago region. Urban forests are an important part of the functionality and livability of cities. The urban ecosystems of the Chicago Region are experiencing…
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