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., S.A. Andrews-Key, J.E. Edwards, M.H. Johnston, H.W. Nelson, D.L. Peterson, K.M. Schmitt, C.W. Swanston, and T.B. Williamson. 2018. Adapting forest management to climate change: The state of science and applications in Canada and the United States. Forest Ecology and Management 421: 84–97. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2018.02.037.

    Halofsky, J.E., and D.L. Peterson. 2016. Climate change vulnerabilities and adaptation options for forest vegetation management in the northwestern USA. Atmosphere 7: article 46. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos7030046.

    Halofsky, J.E., and D.L. Peterson, eds. 2017. Climate change and Rocky Mountain ecosystems. Advances in Global Change Research, Volume 63. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

    Halofsky, J.E., and D.L. Peterson, eds. 2017. Climate change vulnerability and adaptation in the Blue Mountains. General Technical Report PNW-GTR-939. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station.

    Halofsky, J.E., D.L. Peterson, S.K. Dante-Wood, L. Hoang, J.J. Ho, and L.A. Joyce, eds. 2018. Climate change vulnerability and adaptation in the Northern Rocky Mountains. General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-374. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.

    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.

    Halofsky, J.E., D.L. Peterson, and J.J. Ho. 201X. Climate change vulnerability and adaptation in south central Oregon. General Technical Report PNW-GTR-xxx. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. In press.

    Halofsky, J.E., D.L. Peterson, J.J. Ho, N.J. Little, and L.A. Joyce, eds. 2018. Climate change vulnerability and adaptation in the Intermountain Region. General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-375. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.

    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. In: Sample, V.A. and R.P. Bixler, eds. Forest conservation and management in the anthropocene: conference proceedings. Proceedings RMRS-P-71. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station: 229–243.

    Halofsky, J.E., D.L. Peterson, L.A. Joyce, C.I. Millar, and J.M. Rice. 2016. Implementing climate change adaptation in forested regions of the western United States. In: Sample, V.A., R.P. Bixler, and C. Miller, eds. Forest conservation in the Anthropocene: science, policy, and practice. Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado: 165–178.

    Halofsky, J.E., D.L. Peterson, K.L. Metlen, M.G. Myer, and V.A. Sample. 2016. Developing and implementing climate change adaptation options in forest ecosystems: a case study in southwestern Oregon, USA. Forests 7: 268. https://doi.org/10.3390/f7110268.

    Halofsky, J.E., D.L. Peterson, K.A. O’Halloran, and C. Hawkins Hoffman, editors. 2011. Adapting to climate change at Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park. General Technical Report PNW-GTR-844. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station.

    Halofsky, J.E., D.L. Peterson, and H.R. Prendeville. 2018. Assessing vulnerabilities and adapting to climate change in northwestern U.S. forests. Climatic Change 146: 89–102. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-017-1972-6.

    Halofsky, J.E., T.W. Warziniack, D.L. Peterson, and J.J. Ho. 2017. Understanding and managing the effects of climate change on ecosystem services in the Rocky Mountains. Mountain Research and Development 37: 340–352. https://doi.org/10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-16-00087.1.

    Hudec, J.L., J.E. Halofsky, D.L. Peterson, J.J. Ho, eds. 201X. Climate change vulnerability and adaptation in Southwest Washington. General Technical Report PNW-GTR-xxx. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. In press.

    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.

    Peterson, D.L., and J.E. Halofsky. 2018. Adapting to the effects of climate change on natural resources in the Blue Mountains, USA. Climate Services 10: 63–71. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cliser.2017.06.005.

    Peterson, D.L., J.E. Halofsky, and M.C. Johnson. 2011. Managing and adapting to changing fire regimes in a warmer climate. In: McKenzie, D., C. Miller, and D. Falk, eds. The landscape ecology of fire. New York: Springer: 249–267.

    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. General Technical Report PNW-GTR-855. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station.

    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.

    Raymond, C.L., D.L. Peterson, and R.M. Rochefort, eds. 2014. Climate change vulnerability and adaptation in the North Cascades region. General Technical Report PNW-GTR-892. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station.

    Sample, A., J.E. Halofsky, and D.L. Peterson. 2014. U.S. strategy for forest management adaptation to climate change: building a framework for decision making. Annals of Forest Science 71: 125–130.