What We Do

    1. 1. Provide climate education.
      Adaptation Partners works with Forest Service research stations, other agencies, and universities to communicate the best available science on the effects of climatic variability and change on natural resources. Derived from vulnerability assessments, this information is offered to all staff in participating federal agencies, collaborators, and stakeholders, typically through in-person sessions, webinars, and this web site. Ensuring that everyone has a consistent background on climate change effects encourages a climate-smart workforce and engages them in the adaptation process.
    2. 2.  Conduct vulnerability assessments.
      Adaptation Partners facilitates the development of vulnerability assessments. Assessments are led by scientific cadres from Forest Service research stations, other agencies, and universities in collaboration with agency resource specialists. The scope and level of detail of assessments are designed to match the needs of the participating agencies, and typically focus on topics such as vegetation, wildlife, water resources, fisheries, recreation, and ecosystem services. The geographic resolution of assessments depends on the spatial scale being considered (e.g., a few national forests vs. a large region with many national forests and national parks).
    3. 3.  Develop adaptation plans.
      Adaptation Partners facilitates the development of adaptation plans. Plans respond directly to the scenarios and conditions documented in vulnerability assessments, addressing both general management strategies and specific management tactics. Resource managers have the lead on developing adaptation options, and scientists ensure that scientific documentation supports those options. This process must be relevant to land management planning, project management, and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation.
    4. 4.  Support mainstreaming of climate change.
      Adaptation Partners works with federal agencies to implement climate-smart practices wherever possible. This includes overarching planning documents, on-the-ground project management, regulatory requirements, and policy issues. This is an advisory role only in collaboration with agency leadership and resource staff.

    All vulnerability assessments and adaptation plans are peer reviewed for scientific quality and relevance to participating agencies. This ensures that information is both credible and accessible to a broad range of users. Following peer review, each project produces a published report, typically in a Forest Service series, which is available online and in hard copy.

  • Highlighted Publications

    Adaptation Partners Reference List

    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.

    Halofsky, J.E., D.L. Peterson, L.A. Joyce, C.I. Millar, J.M. Rice, and C.W. Swanston. 2014. Implementing climate change adaptation in forested regions of the United States. Pages 229-243 in V.A. Sample and R.P. Bixler (eds.), Forest conservation and management in the Anthropocene: conference proceedings. USDA Forest Service Proceedings RMRS-P-71. Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort Collins, CO.

    Peterson, D.L., J.M. Vose, and T. Patel-Weynand. 2014. Climate Change and United States Forests. Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

    Raymond, C.L., D.L. Peterson, and R.M. Rochefort. 2013. The North Cascadia Adaptation Partnership: a science-management collaboration for responding to climate change. Sustainability 5:136-159.

    Sample, V.A., J.E. Halofsky, and D.L. Peterson. 2013. US strategy for forest management adaptation to climate change: building a framework for decision making. Annals of Forest Science DOI 10.1007/s13595-013-0288-6.

    Littell, J.S., D.L. Peterson, C.I. Millar, and K. O’Halloran. 2012. U.S. national forests adapt to climate change through science-management partnerships. Climatic Change 110:269-296.

    Oliver, M. 2012. Adaptation: planning for climate change and its effects on federal lands. Science Findings 148. USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, Portland, OR.

    Vose, J., D.L. Peterson, and T. Patel-Weynand. 2012. Effects of climatic variability and change on forest ecosystems: a comprehensive science synthesis for the U.S. forest sector. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report PNW-GTR-870.

    Chmura, D.J., P.D. Anderson, G.T. Howe, C.A. Harrington, J. Halofsky, D.L. Peterson, D.C. Shaw, and B. St. Clair. 2011. Forest responses to climate change in the northwestern United States: ecophysiological foundations for adaptive management. Forest Ecology and Management 261:1121-1142.

    Halofsky, J.E., D.L. Peterson, M.J. Furniss, L.A. Joyce, C.I. Millar, and R.P. Neilson. 2011. A workshop approach to the development of climate change adaptation strategies and actions for natural resource management agencies in the U.S. Journal of Forestry 109:219-225.

    Peterson, D.L., C.D. Allen, J.S. Baron, D.B. Fagre, D. McKenzie, N.L. Stephenson, A.G. Fountain, J.A. Hicke, G.P. Malanson, D.S. Ojima, C.L. Tague, and P.J. van Mantgem. 2011. Response of Western mountain ecosystems to climatic variability and change: a collaborative research approach. Pages 163-190 in J. Bellant and E. Beever (eds.), Ecological Consequences of Climate Change: Mechanisms, Conservation, and Management. Taylor and Francis Publishing, New York, NY.

    Blate, G.M., L.A. Joyce, S. Julius, J.S. Littell, S.G. McNulty, C.I. Millar, S.C. Moser, R.P. Neilson, K. O’Halloran, D.L. Peterson and J. West. 2009. Adapting to climate change in United States national forests. Unasylva 60:57-62.

    Furniss, M.J., C.I. Millar, D.L. Peterson, L.A. Joyce, R.P. Neilson, J.E. Halofsky, and B.K. Kerns. 2009. Adapting to climate change: a short course for land managers. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report PNW-GTR-789. Pacific Northwest Research Station, Portland, OR. DVD, and online at http://www.fs.fed.us/ccrc/hjar.

    Joyce, L.A., G.M. Blate, J.S. Littell, S.G. McNulty, C.I. Millar, S.C. Moser, R.P. Neilson, and D.L. Peterson. 2009. Managing for multiple resources under climate change. Environmental Management 44:1022-1032.

    Joyce, L.A., G.M. Blate, J.S. Littell, S.G. McNulty, C.I. Millar, S.C., Moser, R.P. Neilson, K. O’Halloran, and D.L. Peterson. 2008. National Forests. Pages 3-1 to 3-127 in Preliminary Review of Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources. A Report by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research (S.H. Julius and J.M. West [eds.], J.S. Baron, B. Griffith, L.A. Joyce, P. Kareiva, B.D. Keller, M.A. Palmer, C.H. Peterson, and J.M. Scott [authors]). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.