NRAP Approach

The NRAP is a science-management partnership between the U.S. Forest Service (USDA FS) regional managers (15 national forests), USDA FS Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain Research Stations, Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Department of Interior North Central Climate Science Center, Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee, Oregon State University, and EcoAdapt. This core team also collaborates with several other stakeholders in the region.

The partnership builds on the success of three similar climate change partnerships - in the Olympic Peninsula, the North Cascades, Washington (North Cascadia Adaptation Partnership), and the Blue Mountains of Oregon (Blue Mountains Adaptation Partnership). These efforts provide a foundation for climate change adaptation work on national forests and adjacent lands.



  • Develop a science-management partnership comprised of key personnel from throughout the region, national forests, national parks, Forest Service research stations, and other organizations.
  • Write a draft climate change vulnerability assessment that addresses the following priority resource areas in Region 1: hydrology and roads, fisheries, wildlife, vegetation and disturbance, recreation, and socioeconomic conditions.
  • Convene a workshop for the science-management partnership and other participants to identify the most significant vulnerabilities to climate change throughout the region, and develop specific adaptation strategies and tactics.
  • Develop guidance for the implementation of adaptation strategies and tactics at various management operation levels (project design, resource program, and forest planning).
  • Compile all information in a report, conduct peer review, and publish the report.

Tentative timeline

October 2013 - September 2014: Compile information for vulnerability assessment

October 2014:  Convene workshops for science-management partnership in Missoula and Coeur d’Alene; review vulnerability assessment and development adaptation options

November 2014:  Convene workshops for science-management partnership in Bozeman and Bismarck; review vulnerability assessment and development adaptation options

November 2014 – December 2015: Complete final report, review, and submit for publication


Workshop Dates

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Dates Location Region
October 9-10 Bozeman Greater Yellowstone Area
October 15-16 Bismarck Grasslands
October 20-21 Missoula Eastern Rockies
October 23-24 Coeur d’Alene Western Rockies
November 4-5 Helena Central Rockies