Adaptation Planning

Climate change is heralding greater variation, intensity, and uncertainty across the country. Many of our farmers, ranchers and land managers are already dealing with severe drought, rising sea levels, increased rainfall, seasonal shifts, invasive pests, and other weather and climate risks. In the face of these current and anticipated climate conditions, taking action to adapt can often help communities protect its citizens, infrastructure, and local economies. The process of evaluating vulnerabilities and prioritizing approaches to manage or minimize the impacts of climate change within an area is known as adaptation planning, and typically results in a public document called an adaptation plan. The following information and resources below can help you and your community get started, today.

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…

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…

Traditional and indigenous knowledge and perspectives have not often been recognized in climate adaptation planning efforts focused on natural resources. The Northern Forests Climate Hub is collaborating with regional tribal partners to address this gap, and collaborating to…

Dibaginjigaadeg Anishinaabe Ezhitwaad - A Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu and resources.   Climate change has impacted and will continue to impact indigenous peoples, their lifeways and culture, and the natural world upon which they rely, in unpredictable and potentially…

The Environmental Law & Policy Center, in concert with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, commissioned the following scientists and experts to produce this report to educate policymakers and the public about the significant changes affecting the Great Lakes, and the…

A project designed to build a virtual consortium of Masters and Doctoral students working on climate adaptation in agriculture and forestry. Nominated by a university partner within the USDA Northeast Climate Hub network, GradCAP scholars work with Climate Hub leadership,…

A report now details the findings from the USDA Northeast Climate Hub's Capacity Discovery project. Implemented in spring 2015, an online survey led by Pennsylvania State University and Cornell University established the current and future capacity of land-grant…

Changes in climate and extreme weather are already increasing challenges for agriculture. This technical bulletin was developed specifically to meet the unique needs of agricultural producers, and provide educators and service providers in the Midwest and Northeast…

Across New England “Low-volume” roads provide a critical transportation link for rural communities and commerce. “Low-volume” roads are roads with traffic volumes generally less than 400 vehicles per day. They often provide access to forests for logging and other forest…