USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub Partners

The Northern Forests Climate Hub collaborates across the country with other regional Hubs and national partners, and also integrates activities with the Climate Change Response Framework (CCRF) and its many partners. The Hub partnerships often work at larger scales across the region, while the integration with CCRF leverages more long-standing partnerships engaged in on-the-ground management activities.

National and Regional

Adaptation Partners

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USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub


The USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub (NFCH) provides practical, science-based climate information and climate adaptation training. NIACS leads the NFCH, which tiers to and expands on the work of the Midwest and Northeast Regional Climate Hubs by providing forest sector-specific information and outreach. Additionally, the NFCH collaborates across the country with national partners and regional Hubs to produce specialized adaptation resources and training events.


Chris Swanston

Chris has served as the director of NIACS for the past ten years and played an active role in most of the Institute’s projects, including directing the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub. He also studies forest soil carbon dynamics as a research ecologist for the Northern Research Station. He holds a PhD in forest science from Oregon State University. Chris enjoys a range of activities, including collecting mugs, trail running, snowshoe running, bicycling, and fishing. Chris does not like cooked vegetables or mushrooms, because they’re gross.

Danielle Shannon

Danielle is the coordinator of the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub, and helps land managers cope with and adapt to the challenges of climate change. She is responsible for expanding the suite of adaptation resources at NIACS into the field of forest hydrology and the management of forested watersheds. Outside of work, Danielle is most often found running after her two enthusiastic energetic kids Ruthie, and Oliver, alongside her husband, and pup in the woods, backyard, or at a Lake Superior beach.

Kristen Schmitt

Kristen works in support of the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub to help natural resource professionals integrate climate change considerations into planning. She works with partners from within and outside of the NFCH footprint to help them apply climate adaptation tools to their work. This often leads to helping create new tools to meet partner needs, for example menus of strategies and approaches that consider tribal perspectives. Kristen loves hiking with her dog, biking, getting involved in community projects, and exploring places near and far.

Todd Ontl

Todd’s work as the Fellow for the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub centers around supporting and contributing to climate adaptation trainings, synthesizing information on regional climate impacts and adaptation responses, with a focus on forest adaptation for carbon management. He is also responsible for evaluating adaptation decision-making in forest management through analyses of the forest adaptation demonstration projects developed through the Climate Change Response Framework.