Researchers will complete a climate change vulnerability assessment in support of forest plan revision for the Pike San Isabel and Arapaho Roosevelt National Forests and Cimarron Comanche and Pawnee National Grasslands. The assessments will include 1) current and future climate, 2) hydrology, water use and resources, aquatic and wetland ecosystems, fisheries, 3) forest management, fire, urban interface, tree regeneration post-fire, 4) social and economic issues, recreation, 5) wildlife, and 6) infrastructure. Additionally, the Front Range assessment will include a focus on insects from a forest health perspective and the Grasslands assessment will include energy, pollinators, use and ownership patterns, grazing, and invasive plant species.
Literature review and analysis will inform both assessments, resulting in GTRs. Additionally, for the Front Range Assessment, a workshop and interactions with the Front Range and Rocky Mountain Region planning and management staff will identify future decisions, climate risks related to those decisions, and management challenges to frame the climate change vulnerability assessment.