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Adapting Forested Watersheds to Climate Change: Exploring Practical Approaches applicable to the Northeast

Monday, April 24, 2017 to Friday, May 5, 2017


Forests are vital for ensuring clean and reliable supplies of water across the Northeast. Changes in climate like reduced snowpack, earlier springs, and more frequent and intense rainfall create challenges to protecting water resources.

Natural resource professionals are eager to learn more about how to maintain water resources in forested landscapes. The USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub held a workshop in Keene, NH, in early April just for this purpose. Land managers and researchers came together to explore climate change information and work through real-world management projects focused on forest watershed management.

More than 35 professionals attended the Adapting Forested Watersheds to Climate Change workshop. Participants were from National Forests, state agencies, cities and towns, conservation groups, and private consulting firms. The group helped develop a set of Adaptation Strategies and Approaches for Forested Watersheds. These will expand those already available in the Forest Adaptation Resources publication and associated Adaptation Workbook. This workshop and its’ related work across the Midwest and Northeast has many supporters. These include the US Forest Service, Trout Unlimited, Antioch University Center for Climate Preparedness, and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Keep an eye out on NIACS’ Forest Adaptation Planning and Practice webpage for future workshops like this!

By Maria Janowiak, Deputy Director, NIACS and Danielle Shannon, Climate Change Specialist, NIACS