September 2015: Climate change and northern forests: risks, opportunities, and ways to adapt

Projected climate change may pose challenges to the long-term stability of our forests, so it is important for forest landowners to consider their particular risks, opportunities, and ways to adapt. Stephen will introduce the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, a multi-organization "helpdesk" for land managers on climate change adaptation. His presentation will start with an overview of climate change impacts to forests in the Midwest and Northeast US. Stephen will also introduce the Adaptation Workbook, a tool to help land managers integrate climate change into their own work, as well as several real-world examples of climate adaptation projects in northern forests.


Stephen Handler - Stephen Handler is a climate change specialist with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station and Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science. His main role with NIACS is to coordinate the Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework, which involves building partnerships, assessing climate change vulnerability, and working with forest managers and landowners to develop real-world projects to adapt and prepare for future change. He moved to Houghton, MI, in 2011 and loves being a Yooper.

Lisa Brush - Lisa is the Executive Director of The Stewardship Network. Lisa has been leading collaborative conservation initiatives in the nonprofit environmental sector for over two decades. In her role as co-founder and Executive Director of The Stewardship Network she has engaged thousands of professionals and volunteers in identifying community and conservation needs of the 21st century and determining strategic support The Network can provide. She has managed and overseen grant projects from federal and state agencies, as well as family and private foundations. She has been involved in all aspects of organizational management including foundation/agency relationships, grant based project funding, budget tracking, contract negotiation, implementation, accountability, project reporting and staff and board development. Lisa has facilitated strategic planning sessions, focus groups, citizen task forces, community visioning sessions, and public involvement and feedback meetings with groups ranging in size from four to four hundred. Lisa emphasizes tried and true in-person methods of bringing people together augmented by the use of cutting edge online technology. Lisa serves on numerous boards of directors, has a BA in Science in Society from Wesleyan University, an MS from University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, and is a graduate of Michigan State University's Great Lakes Leadership Academy.

Useful Resources to accompany this webcast archive:

Climate Change Response Framework:

Network of adaptation demonstrations:

Vulnerability assessments:

Upcoming adaptation workshops: (November in Rhode Island and New Hampshire, December in Wisconsin)

Online Adaptation Workbook:

Climate Change Resource Center:

Webcast Date: 
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 12:00pm
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