Climate Change Response Framework

The Climate Change Response Framework (CCRF) is a collaborative, cross-boundary approach among scientists, managers, and landowners to incorporate climate change considerations into natural resource management.

SCIENCE APPLICATIONS


There’s no single solution for how natural resource managers and landowners should adapt to climate change. Every manager and landowner has different goals and information needs, as well as a range of tolerances for risk. The CCRF works side-by-side with people across the land management community  to help them consider how climate change may affect their lands and what options they have for responding to changing conditions. 

The CCRF uses the best available science to advance climate change adaptation through four interrelated efforts: Partnerships, Vulnerability Assessments, Adaptation Resources, and Adaptation Demonstrations.

 

2018 ACCOMPLISHMENTS


The CCRF is expanding our toolkit to support a broader array of stakeholders as more land managers and landowners are requesting information on how to adapt to change. 

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Vulnerability Assessments

New vulnerability assessments were published for the Mid-Atlantic region and for New England and northern New York, the latest in a series of 8 ecoregional assessments published since 2014. Additionally, NIACS launched a new local-scale vulnerability assessment with Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. 

Adaptation Resources

New vulnerability assessments were published for the Mid-Atlantic region and for New England and northern New York, the latest in a series of 8 ecoregional assessments published since 2014. Additionally, NIACS launched a new local-scale vulnerability assessment with Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. 

Training

NIACS continues to be a recognized leader in delivering high-quality training to natural resource professionals. Four trainings were hosted using the Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices curriculum, including 2 online offerings focused on urban forests and New England and New York.

"...that was probably the best training session I’ve ever been to!"

- John Curnutt, Regional Wildlife Biologist

 

LOOKING FORWARD


The CCRF is continues to grow its impact across the Midwest and Northeast, and is increasingly influencing the rest of the country through the USDA Climate Hubs. Work funded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and USDA Climate Hubs is taking on issues related to adaptation in forested watersheds. The Urban Forests project is working with partners to spread its impact beyond Chicago to cities like Boston, Cleveland, Minneapolis, and Austin. New Adaptation Strategies and Approaches menus are expanding the Adaptation Workbook to new subjects, including forested watersheds, wildlife, and tribal perspectives.

 

2018 Fast Facts

Hundreds of partners

nine vulnerability assessments, one in preparation

4 adaptation planning workshops

250+ Climate Change Response Framework demonstration projects