Climate Change

The Forest Service approach for adapting to climate change encompasses agency-wide, climate-specific strategies and program-by-program efforts to integrate climate-related policies and guidance. This balanced and proactive approach enables the agency to restore and maintain resilient ecosystems through smart policy and forward-thinking management. Our commitment to dealing with the changing climate is interwoven with all of our priority work.

Intermountain Adaptation Partners is a Forest Service science-management collaboration with the following goals:

  1. Increase climate change awareness;
  2. Assess the vulnerability of natural resources and ecosystem services to climate change; and
  3. Develop science-based adaptation strategies that can be used by national forests to understand and mitigate the effects of climate change.

Intermountain Adaptation Partners is an Adaptation Partners Project.

What's New

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Intermountain Regional Climate Assessment - General Technical Report (GTR) is Available

The citation for the GTR is: “Halofsky, J.E.; Peterson, D.L.; Ho, J.J.; Little, N.J.; Joyce, L.A. (eds.). Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation in the Intermountain Region. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-375. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 2018.”

Roll-out workshop for the Intermountain Adaptation Partners climate assessment: May 22-24, 2018

The Intermountain Region of the Forest Service is pleased to announce the release of the regional climate assessment. The May roll-out workshop was a success and gave Forest Service Specialists and partners opportunities to connect and start using the assessment in land management.

Workshop dates: May 22-24, 2018
Main location: Eccles Center, 2415 Washington Boulevard, Ogden, Utah
Primary contact: Natalie Little

Climate Adaptation Resources

The following Forest Service key documents help integrate climate change adaptation into agency-wide policies:

Regional Climate Assessment Correspondence

Climate Change Performance Scorecard

Since 2011, each National Forest and Grassland has used a 10-point climate change performance scorecard to report accomplishments and plans for improvement on ten questions in four dimensions – organizational capacity, engagement, adaptation, and mitigation. The expectation is for units to be able to answer yes to at least seven of the scorecard questions, with at least one yes in each dimension.

Scorecard documents

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