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Management Actions for Northwest Forests

Management Actions for Northwest Forests

The trees and plants of Northwest forests are locally adapted to climate and tolerate moderate climatic changes. But rapid and extensive climatic changes like those expected in the coming decades may exceed the capacity of some species to grow, reproduce, and survive. Northwest forests are changing rapidly because of increasing wildfire and insect damage associated with climate change. As temperatures continue to increase, disturbance from drought, wildland fire, insects, pests, and disease may result in more forest ecosystem change and affect resources these forests provide. Below, we highlight several management actions that can help foresters, land managers, and landowners to prepare for and adapt to climate change.

  • Reducing Urban Heat through Tree Planting in Boise

    The skyline of downtown Boise, Idaho with greenery in the foreground.

    This Adaptation in Action profile highlights Boise, Idaho’s tree planting campaign to reduce urban heat, offset greenhouse gas emissions and build more resilient forests across the city and state.

  • The Seedlot Selection Tool

    A large area of pine mortality on National Forest lands at the southern end of the Blue Mountains in Oregon.

    A web-based mapping application that can be used to map current or future climates to assist in planting, reforestation, or restoration efforts.