Ecosystem Resources and Climate Change

Understanding ecosystem resources, their locations on the landscape, and their changing conditions are necessary to properly manage the National Forests and serve the public. The information is important for setting agency, region, and National Forest priorities, with an emphasis on restoration, response to climate change pressures, and maintaining ecological sustainability. The following sections describe some of the ecosystem inventory, monitoring, and assessment major efforts.

  • Climate Adaptation

    Forest sits in front of a dark blue mountain landscape

    Ecosystems of the Southwestern United States are undergoing substantial and rapid change in response to changes in temperature and precipitation of the 21st century. The Forest Service is evaluating what effects these changes will have on our ecosystems and how to adapt our management to best address the challenge.

  • Ecosystem Inventory, Monitoring, and Assessment

    A wooded trail in the Gila National Forest

    Inventory and mapping in the Southwestern Region is critical to understanding ecosystem trends and to the success of making appropriate land management decisions, solving problems, and setting project priorities.

  • Riparian and Aquatic Ecosystem Strategy

    A body of water reflecting the trees lining either side of the riparian and aquatic ecosystem

    Water is a precious resource in the Southwest. Growing human demand and a changing climate create an urgency to protect these natural resources on the National Forests and Grassland.

Key Contacts

Anita Rose
Regional Climate Change Coordinator

Jack Triepke
Regional Ecologist