Wednesday, January 18, 2012

New climate adaptation guidelines available from the U.S. Forest Service

A new report published by the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station, Responding to climate change in national forests: a guidebook for developing adaptation options, provides adaptation guidelines for managing forests in the face of climate change. 

From the abstract:
This guidebook contains science-based principles, processes, and tools necessary to assist with developing adaptation options for national forest lands... Regardless of specific processes and tools, the following steps are recommended: (1) become aware of basic climate change science and integrate that understanding with knowledge of local resource conditions and issues (review), (2) evaluate sensitivity of specific natural resources to climate change (rank), (3) develop and implement strategic and tactical options for adapting resources to climate change (resolve), and (4) monitor the effectiveness of adaptation options (observe) and adjust management as needed. Results of recent case studies on adaptation in national forests and national parks can facilitate integration of climate change in resource management and planning and make the adaptation process more efficient. Adaptation to climate change will be successful only if it can be fully implemented in established planning processes and other operational aspects of national forest management.