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NIACS team membersClimate change is an issue that crosses political boundaries and ownerships. It affects entire landscapes in ways that are not yet fully understood. As knowledge on climate change grows, one point becomes increasingly clear: humans are important in determining how our forests will adapt to the changes ahead.

The USDA Climate Hubs are designed to be hubs of information and action, to ultimately educate and equip those working in the field with knowledge and a greater understanding of the potential implications of a changing climate in their region, to ultimately sustain natural resources over the long term.

The USDA's Northern Forests Climate Hub will showcase efforts from organizations involved in making high-quality information climate change available to a wide variety of audiences. This page includes some organizations that are contributing to the development and activities of the Northern Forests Hub.



Manomet’s mission is to conserve natural resources for the benefit of wildlife and human populations. Through research and collaboration, Manomet builds science-based, cooperative solutions to environmental problems.


Michigan Technological University 

Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science is committed to developing forest management strategies and approaches for climate change adaptation, enhanced carbon sequestration, and sustainable production of bioenergy and materials. Michigan Tech seeks enhanced communication between land managers, policy-makers, and scientists, to promote applied science on carbon cycling, climate change monitoring, and forest response.


Minnesota Forest Resource Council 

The Minnesota Forest Resources Council (MFRC) facilitates landscape-level forest planning and coordination, advising the Governor and public agencies on sustainable forest policies and practices, and develops comprehensive guidelines for forest management. Climate change has been a priority issue for the MFRC; the organization is active in efforts regarding adaptation and mitigation opportunities.


National Agroforestry Center

The mission of the USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) is to accelerate the application of agroforestry through a national network of partners by conducting applied research, distilling new science findings, developing technologies and tools, supporting demonstration projects, and providing training and other useful information. NAC’s work aids resource professionals who work with farmers, ranchers, woodland owners, tribes and communities.


The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy views climate change as one of the greatest threats to nature and people world-wide. As such, the organization has been at the forefront of adaptation and mitigation work for a number of years. To learn more about how they are working to help real people and places around the world adapt to climate change, visit their climate change webpage.


Northeast Climate Science Center

The Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC) is part of a federal network of eight Climate Science Centers created to provide scientific information, tools, and techniques that managers and other parties interested in land, water, wildlife and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.


The Trust for Public Land

Forests provide resources and ecological services that are essential to our nation today, and will only become more critical in a rapidly changing world, including fresh water, forest products, wildlife habitat, and carbon sequestration. TPL has developed a Climate Conservation Program to contribute TPL’s unique skills and resources in urban parks and natural land conservation to help address the climate challenge.


Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative

Since 1997 we have developed and delivered continuing education opportunities to forestry and natural resource professionals in a broad range of fields including forest ecology and management, wildlife biology, forest hydrology, botany, best management practices, technology transfer, human dimensions, and others.


Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts

The Mission of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts is to generate and share information that can limit vulnerability to climate change in Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest. WICCI is a network of many groups and individuals who work together through communication and collaboration.


USDA Forest Service

The USDA Forest Service provides a variety of resources on climate change issues and the projected impacts and risked that forests face. From ecosystem modeling, stewardship, outreach and education, and more, the USDA Forest Service has research or products relevant to the conversation. The USDA Forest Service is a large supporter of the USDA Climate Hubs since it's inception and will continue into the future.