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.

The USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub and the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science have partnered with the Southern Plains Climate Hub and the City of Austin, Texas to assess the vulnerability of Austin’s urban forests and natural areas to climate change. How are urban…

At least 95% of resource managers want to hear from peers about lessons learned during drought. A recent survey administered by the Drought Learning Network (DLN) indicated that 66% of resource managers were ‘very interested’ and another 30% were ‘somewhat interested’ in…

By Diana Doan-Crider: Native American Rangelands Training Initiative Coordinator and Course Instructor, Director of Animo Partnership in Natural Resources There are approximately 55 million acres of Tribal rangelands within the United States boundaries that meet essential…

It’s important to properly plan an urban forest first in order to ensure the greatest chance of success. Location, planting timing, and tree species are all important aspects of a plan. To assist planners, West Virginia Division of Forestry recently updated two …

Monarch conservation has inspired people across North America to protect and enhance pollinator habitat. Milkweed plants that serve as hosts for caterpillars and a nectar source for adult monarchs, are also important to other insects, birds, small mammals, amphibians and…

Climate change is a global challenge. It has the potential to impact environmental, animal, and human health, as well as the economy. The food production sector is particularly susceptible to changes in the climate. These changes have far-reaching societal impacts such as…

Adaptation strategies provide long-term guidance for states, counties, Tribes and communities to plan for future change with the best available science regarding anticipated climate change impacts. These documents are intended to inform a range of planning process at a variety…

Providing both food and wood, breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) is an important traditional crop for many indigenous communities across the Pacific. In March 2015, Super Typhoon Maysak directly hit the Islands of the Federated States of Micronesia. On Chuuk and the outer islands…

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…