Forest Service Lab, Houghton, MI
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The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub are offering the Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices training as an online course for forest and natural resource managers.

NEW DATES! This course will be held February 19-April 2, 2019 with a focus on New England and New York. We are still accepting registrations!

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This unique opportunity provides hands-on training in considering climate change information and identifying adaptation actions for natural resources management professionals working in forests and natural ecosystems. Participants will receive coaching and feedback while using the Adaptation Workbook to develop their own real-world climate adaptation project. The course consists of seven, two-hour web sessions with work time occurring between sessions.

Through this course, participants will be able to:

  • 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

This course has been approved for 21 category 1 continuing forestry education credits from the Society of American Foresters.

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

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Co-hosts and collaborators

Maria Janowiak, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science & US Forest Service

Maria Janowiak is Deputy Director for the Norrthern 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. 


Todd Ontl, USDA Northern Forest Climate Hub & US Forest Service

As a Fellow for the Northern Forests Climate Hub at NIACS, his primary role is to add capacity to the education and outreach efforts of the Climate Change Response Framework while conducting research on understanding forest adaptation decision making of land managers and woodland owners throughout the Midwest and New England.