IAP Objectives

  • Develop a framework and tools for resource managers to incorporate the best available science into landscape/planning assessments, resource management and planning, resource monitoring, project design, NEPA analysis, conservation strategies, and State Wildlife Action Plan updates.
  • Synthesize the best available scientific information to assess climate change vulnerability and develop adaption options throughout the U.S. Intermountain ecoregion in order to understand and mitigate potentially adverse effects of climate change on natural resources and ecosystem services.

IAP Target Outcomes

  • The vulnerability assessment will provide information on climate change effects needed for national forest plans, project plans, conservation strategies, and restoration. The assessment will be particularly useful for national forest planning and management.
  • Climate change sensitivities and adaptation options developed at the regional scale will provide the scientific foundation for sub-regional and national forest vulnerability assessments, adaptation planning, and resource monitoring.
  • Training will be provided to resource specialists who, in conjunction with place-based information, can apply climate change to land management throughout the region.
  • Climate change will be operationalized throughout the region resource management and planning.