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Pacific Southwest Region (R5) 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 Pacific Southwest 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.
The San Bernardino National Forest sits next to some large population centers, and provides some of the principle outdoor recreation opportunities for these communities. Lytle Creek on the San Bernardino National Forest is visited by tens of thousands of people each year, who enjoy picnicking,…
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…
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.
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…
The online Adaptation Workbook takes users through a structured process designed to consider the potential effects of climate change and design land management and conservation actions that can help prepare for changing conditions. The process is flexible and can accommodate a wide variety of…
In California and western Nevada, the majority of fresh water comes from the Sierra Nevada, falling as winter snow that slowly melts throughout the spring and summer, delivering enormous quantities of water to the region. Climate change is expected to increase the proportion of precipitation…
Hawai‘i is home to many rare and endemic plant species, and is also known for its highly variable climate and topography. Climate change is causing warmer, drier conditions, particularly at high elevations. In addition, periodic El Niño (ENSO) events typically bring drought during Hawai…
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