Online Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices course: Central Hardwoods and Central Appalachians Regions

The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub are offering the popular Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices training as an online, seven-week course! The winter 2019 course will be held during Jan. 8 - Feb.19, 2019 with a focus on the Central Hardwoods and Central Appalachians. This course has been approved for 21 category 1 CFE credits by the Society of American Foresters.

This unique opportunity provided hands-on training in considering climate change information and identifying adaptation actions for natural resources management and conservation. Participants received coaching and feedback on their own real-world climate adaptation project. The online Adaptation Workbook tool is featured, with special course features and additional materials.Through this course, participants recieved information to help them:

  • Identify locally-important climate change impacts, challenges, and opportunities
  • Develop specific actions to adapt forests to changing conditions
  • Use the Adaptation Workbook to create their own “climate-informed” projects
  • Better communicate with stakeholders about key climate change impacts, challenges, and opportunities
  • Access post-training support from NIACS staff during project planning and implementation
  • We are seeking Continuing Forestry Education credits by Society of American Foresters (stay tuned!)

There is no registration fee thanks to support from the US Forest Service and the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub.

We ask participants to bring their own real-world projects. Examples of Adaptation Demonstration projects that have used the Adaptation Workbook are online at

Have questions? Contact Patricia Leopold and Leslie Brandt to learn more about the course.