Climate Change and Southern New England Forests was organized to enable natural resource professionals integrate climate change considerations into management and conservation. About 90 professionals attended the event, which:
- Provided information on the current and anticipated effects of climate change on Southern New England and its forests
- Described resources and tools that can be used to integrate climate change into resource conservation
- Outlined adaptation concepts and strategies in the context of sustainable forest management
- Identified actions that enhance the ability of forests and other ecosystems to adapt to changing conditions
- Introduction (Maria Janowiak, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science)
- Southern New England’s Changing Climate (Ray Bradley, University of Massachusetts-Amherst)
- Climate Change Effects on Forest Ecosystems (Maria Janowiak, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science)
- Climate Change Effects on Wildlife (David King, US Forest Service Northern Research Station)
- Adapting Forests to Climate Change (Patricia Butler, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science)
- Real-world Examples of Forest Adaptation (Tony D’Amato, University of Minnesota/Harvard Forest)
Other Links and Resources
- Climate Change Resource Center
- Impacts of Climate Change on Forests of the Northeastern US
- Northeast Climate Science Center
- North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative
- Terrestrial and Wetland Habitat Vulnerability Assessment for the Northeast
- Climate Change and Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife
- National Climate Assessment
We also hosted a Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices session on September 24 for a limited number of participants. This unique opportunity provided hands-on training to help natural resource managers incorporate climate change considerations into management planning and activities.
Maria Janowiak is Deputy Director for the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science. She coordinates for the New England Climate Change Response Framework, serving the states of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Maria has been working with land managers on issues related to climate change and adaptation since 2007.
Patricia serves as coordinator for the Climate Change Response Framework projects in the Central Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic regions. She has recently assisted the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to complete a vulnerability assessment and adaptation plan. Patricia continues to work with partners in both regions to incorporate climate change into planning and management.