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Climate Change and Adaptation; Options for the Management of Forests Under a Changing Climate

See what managers can do in the face of climate change from the Climate Toolkit Project.


Linda Joyce
USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station


Producer - Michael Furniss
Videography - Patricia Asteinza
Technical production - Jeffrey Guntle


This presentation reviews approaches to adaptation, including short-term and long-term management options that reduce stressors and focus on enabling plants, animals and people to respond to climate influences. Challenges include a limited capacity to detect change, and societal challenge in prioritizing adaptation. The talk provides examples of climate adaptation strategies from several forests and locations, and tactical steps that managers can use to review, rank, resolve climate issues.

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You should gain an understanding of:

Climate change definitions.

What managers can do in the face of climate change.

How to begin the conversation with stakeholders.