Climate Change Resources

Climate Change Resources

Most of us want to leave the world better than we found it.

As climate conditions change, Vermont is expected to become less favorable to traditional
northern trees.

Forest landowners have a unique opportunity to make this positive impact by managing their woods – whether for wildlife habitat, recreation trails, wood products, or any or all of these. And did you know the work you’re already doing is also helping to protect your forest against vulnerabilities caused by climate change? Vermont’s climate has changed pretty drastically just in our lifetimes. Air temperatures are warmer, winters are shorter, and precipitation is often more extreme than it was in the past.

But there is good news: the Vermont Woodlands Association, Vermont Tree Farm Committee, UVM Extension, and Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation have resources to help you support and protect your woods through the continuing changes to come. Climate-adaptive forestry is something every landowner can do, starting now!

Explore these resources for more information on
the impacts of climate change on forests:

Got time to watch a video? Click here to hear Ali Kosiba, UVM Extension Assistant Professor of Forestry, talk about her role as the climate forester with Vermont Forests, Parks and Recreation. She answered questions about current use, what forest management practices can be used to mitigate climate impacts, the difference between carbon storage and carbon sequestration, and more. She also shared some good resources for forest managers and landowners.

Interested in taking a more active role?
Check out these resources for managing your woodlands for climate mitigation:

Increasing Forest Resiliency for an Uncertain Future (hyperlinked) provides a framework for addressing the challenges of climate change and suggests actions that have a high likelihood of helping increase forest resiliency.       Caring For Your Woods (hyperlinked) contains information for forest landowners on carbon mitigation.       Climate Change Projections for Individual Tree Species (hyperlinked) provides lists of projected tree species responses to climate change. Healthy Forests for Our Future (hyperlinked) introduces and describes 10 forest management practices designed for hardwood forests in New England and New York.       Keeping Your Woods Healthy Through the Years Ahead (hyperlinked) shares solutions to help forest landowners prepare for and cope with the unpredictable conditions that lie ahead.

For even more resources for Climate-adaptive forestry, visit the Climate Change page on the VFPR website.

Continuing to take an active role as a steward of your land can help keep your woodland more resilient, allowing you to continue to interact with and rely on it.

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Climate Change Resources brought to you by VWA in partnership with UVM Extension and Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation.

This project was supported through the Open Space Institute’s Land and Climate Catalyst Planning Program, which is made possible with major funding from the J.M. Kaplan Fund and Jane’s Trust Foundation, with additional support from generous individual contributions.