Climate Change



A mountain with meadow in the foreground.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.

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

Climate Change Performance Scorecard

From 2011-2016, each National Forest and Grassland 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 goal was to create a balanced approach to climate change that includes managing forests and grasslands to adapt to changing conditions, mitigating climate change, building partnerships across boundaries, and preparing our employees to understand and apply emerging science.The expectation for units was to be able to answer yes to at least seren of the scorecard questions, with at least one yes in each dimension. By 2016, all forests in Region 6 achieved this goal and were able to demonstrate how they are integrating climate change into their programs.

The scorecard application below shows how Region 6 Forests performed on the climate change scorecard.  Click here  to open the application in another window to enhance the user experience.

Scorecard documents

Climate Change Scorecard Image

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments & Data, Apps & Tools

Region 6 has made good progress on completing climate change vulnerability assessments across the Region. These assessments are intended to inform sustainable management of natural resources, reduce the negative effects of climate change, transition ecosystems to a warmer climate, and help integrate climate change in natural resource management and operations.

Region 6 in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability and Climate have developed an application to map completed Forest Service climate change vulnerability assessments across the R6 and the nation.  Click here to access the completed vulnerability assessments for Region 6.

Climate Change Vulnerability

Climate Change Fact Sheets

Region 6 is producing a series of fact sheets to inform managers and partners on climate change impacts, vulnerabilities, and potential adaptation actions. These fact sheets are available as pdfs and also as interactive ArcGIS Online applications where users can navigate the text and interact with maps.

Drought in the Pacific Northwest

As part of the USDA Drought Action Plan, Region 6 hosted a drought workshop in 2017 to discuss potential impacts to key resources in the Pacific Northwest. Click on the above link for more information.

Key Links

Contact:  Becky Gravenmier, Regional Climate Change Coordinator, 503-808-2851,