Project Area

CMWAP Project Area. Click to view expanded map


Synthesize the best available scientific information to assess climate change vulnerability and develop adaptation strategies

to understand and mitigate potentially adverse effects of climate change on natural resources and ecosystem services

Develop information and tools for resource managers to incorporate best available climate change science

into programs, restoration activities, land management plans, monitoring programs, and NEPA projects.


Establish effective long-term science-management partnership

involving agencies and stakeholders to assess climate change science and its implications for biophysical and social resources.

Conduct vulnerability assessment of priority resources and develop associated adaptation options

to help build resistance, enhance resilience, and facilitate ecological transitions for the CMWAP assessment region. Potential assessment topics include:

Peer review and publish the assessment and adaptation options

providing the scientific foundation for mainstreaming climate change in planning, ecological restoration, and project management.

Engage and Educate

with partners, stakeholders, decision makers, planners, and resource specialists to:

Conduct a workshop

with scientists, land managers, conservation practitioners, and other stakeholders to review the vulnerability assessment.

  • climate trends
  • water resources
  • infrastructure
  • fisheries
  • wildlife
  • vegetation and disturbance
  • riparian, wetlands, and groundwater-dependent ecosystems
  • recreation
  • ecosystem services
  • Build an enduring partnership to facilitate application of climate-smart management.
  • Provide tools to implement adaptation options in assessment, planning, projects, and monitoring.
  • Downscale information from the assessment to identify the most significant vulnerabilities to climate change for priority resources in each management unit.
  • Identify adaptation strategies and tactics to reduce resource vulnerabilities. Adaptation strategies and tactics will be linked to corresponding management operation levels at different spatial and temporal scales.


Feb 2018

Establish science-management partnership

Spring 2018

Form resource area teams

Fall 2018

Support science team

Spring 2019

Conduct science-management workshop

Spring 2021

Finalize vulnerability assessment report

Determine partners and team members, and resource areas to be covered by the vulnerability assessment.

Regional office and science teams begin to collect data and conduct analysis for the assessment area.

Process data, review preliminary results for vulnerability assessment, develop draft vulnerability assessment.

Present vulnerability assessment, receive feedback on the assessment, and develop adaptation options.



Project website for internal and external communication and marketing.


General Technical Report

Halofsky, Jessica E.; Peterson, David L.; Gravenmier, Rebecca A., eds. 2022. Climate change vulnerability and adaptation in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Mount Hood National Forest, and Willamette National Forest. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-1001. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 469 p.

Geospatial tools

ArcGIS online tools including map gallery, data, and information for use at national forest level in projects and forest plan revision.

Adaptation library

Online library of adaptation options by resource area.