Communities

People living in a particular area with common interests make up a community. Rural and urban areas are composed of a number of communities including Tribal members, Tribal nations, recreationists, farmers, hikers, ranchers, natural resource managers, foresters, and many others. Both rural and urban areas will experience warmer temperatures due to climate change yet these areas and communities within them have different needs, issues, abilities and interests. To assist different communities to adapt and mitigate the effects of a changing climate the USDA has a number of resources and programs available including those to assist with food security and adaptation planning. Tribal nations are sovereign nations and the USDA has a variety of resources available for Tribal nations and Tribal members to assist them.

Outdoor recreation is an essential way that people engage with their natural and cultural heritage. In the United States, federal lands are host to over 938 million recreational visits per year and are an important contributor to the economy. Climate change will alter the…

Forests play a critical role in mitigating climate change by capturing carbon dioxide and storing carbon within soils and forest biomass. Forest management actions are necessary to support maintaining or enhancing the forest carbon sink, which offset about 15 percent of total U.…

Huckleberries are culturally and ecologically important plant species in the Northwest that are affected by climate change and land management practices. In the Northwest, the majority of huckleberry habitat is located on lands managed by the US Forest Service. Fire management…

Some people, such as minorities and those from under-educated and lower income backgrounds, are typically excluded from conversations surrounding the degradation and improvement of ecosystem structure, function, and services. Researchers at the University of the District of…

The USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub and the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) have partnered with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to develop a series of brochures that describe options landowners and land managers have to adapt to climate…

Climate change will alter rainfall patterns in New England in the coming decades. Storms will likely become more intense, increasing the frequency of flooding. This leaves many agricultural lands, especially those in floodplains, at risk. Farms in New England tend to be…

Modeling Future Perennial Crop SuitabilityAcross the Pacific West, changing climatic conditions are encouraging farmers to reconsider their management practices, including the cultivars and crops they plant. This region, stretching from Oregon to Idaho and Washington to…

Increasing humidity and precipitation and rising extreme temperatures are having negative impacts across the Midwest. Integrating climate adaptation into planning processes can help build adaptive capacity to increase climate resilience. The U.S. Climate Resiliency Toolkit for…

Livestock grazing plays an important role in the tribal economies within the Great Basin states, but as the climate continues to warm and water resources decrease, innovative grazing strategies will become critical to sustain healthy rangelands and the complex social and…