• Led by the U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies, we use an all-lands approach to adaptation in collaboration with a diversity of other organizations and stakeholders. Our adaptation efforts are intended to inform sustainable management of natural resources, reduce the negative effects of climate change, transition ecosystems to a warmer climate, and help integrate climate change in natural resource management and operations.

    Building on previous work across large landscapes and multiple federal agencies, Adaptation Partners uses the approach developed by Forest Service Research and Development and supported by the Climate Change Advisor’s Office and Regional leadership (Peterson et al. 2011, Swanston & Janowiak 2012). This approach is premised on an enduring science-management partnership as the foundation for all projects. The partnership pursues four primary objectives:

    1. Provide climate education for resource management staff and other stakeholders;
    2. Conduct a climate change vulnerability assessment for multiple resources;
    3. Develop an adaptation strategy to address climate change sensitivities;
    4. Implement climate-informed practices in long-term planning and management.

    This process is typically directed by teams of research scientists and resource managers who focus on priorities established by leadership in each management unit. Vulnerability assessments identify resource sensitivities to climatic variability and change. Far more than a literature review, assessments synthesize the best available science, evaluate the quality and relevance of the science for each application, and identify geographic locations where sensitivity is high. Assessments provide the foundation for developing adaptation options that help mitigate negative effects of climate change or transition resources to a warmer climate.


    Halofsky, J.E. and D.L. Peterson. 2016. Adapting to Climate Change in Western National Forests: A Decade of Progress. Mountain Views 10(2): 40-46.

    Peterson, D.L., C.I. Millar, L.A. Joyce, M.J. Furniss, J.E. Halofsky, R.P. Neilson, and T.L. Morelli. 2011. Responding to climate change in national forests: a guidebook for developing adaptation options. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report GTR-PNW-855. http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_gtr855.pdf

    Swanston, C. and M. Janowiak (eds.). 2012. Forest adaptation resources: climate change tools and approaches for land managers. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report GTR-NRS-87. http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/pubs/gtr/gtr_nrs87.pdf