Climate Adaptation Strategies for Pacific Northwest Forests


NNRG is hosting trainings for professional foresters and land managers to understand the impacts of climate change to forests in western Oregon and Washington and management approaches to adapt and improve resiliency. 

Climate change poses significant challenges for small forest owners in the Northwest. Recent analyses indicate that western Oregon and Washington will likely experience warmer temperatures, higher winter precipitation, reduced snowpack, and less precipitation in summer months. This means changes to the core conditions in which current forests thrive, heightened stress on fish and wildlife, and increased risks from insects, disease, and wildfire.

There are many actions land managers can take to improve a forest’s resilience to climate change. Most management strategies and tactics that help forests adapt to and become more resilient are already commonly used practices and familiar silvicultural techniques. A changing climate just makes proactive forest management that much more important.

Workshops for natural resource professionals and land managers

NNRG is hosting trainings to help foresters and land managers make informed decisions about adapting their management practices to meet their goals and sustain forests into the future.

Workshops will cover frequently asked questions, and practical approaches to risk management to help participants understand:

  • climate change projections for the Pacific Northwest
  • effects on forest ecosystems of western Oregon and Washington
  • adaptation approaches and tactics
  • tools to inform management decisions
  • resources to refer to and share with clients
  • practice thinking through adaptation strategies

Workshop Registration Now Open!

Wednesday, November 6
Everett Station
Everett, WA

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Thursday, November 14
Olympia Center
Olympia, WA

Thursday, December 5
Chemeketa Center for B & I
Salem, OR

Registration fees help offset the workshop costs. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

SAF CFE credits have been pre-approved for these workshops. Each workshop will count as 6.5 Category 1 hours. 

We are hosting a similar workshop in THREE locations, there will be greater emphasis on western Washington forests in the Everett and Olympia sessions, and greater emphasis on northwest Oregon in the Salem session.

This workshop is open to foresters, natural resource professionals, land managers, small forest owners, and anyone interested in adaptation concepts and strategies for western Oregon and Washington forests.


NNRG is developing resources for foresters and land managers, including: Climate Adaptation Strategies for Western Washington and Northwest Oregon Forests. The white paper is an overview of climate trends and projections, vulnerabilities, and adaptation strategies. Stay tuned for this resource! 

The following, are helpful sources of information for addressing the affects of climate change on Pacific Northwest forests:

  • Adaptation Partners – – Researchers and resource managers provide scientific information on climate change effects and adaptation for specific regions in the Northwest and Intermountain West. 
  • Adaptation Workbook –
  • AdaptWest – – AdaptWest is a spatial database designed to help land management agencies and other organizations implement strategies that promote resilience, protect biodiversity, and conserve and enhance the adaptation potential of natural systems in the face of a changing climate.
  • Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) – US Forest Service collection of resources and tools.
  • Climate Impact Groups at UW (CIG) – – Leading researchers and providers of primary science and decision making tools.
  • Climate Impact Research Consortium at OSU (CIRC) – climate science-to-action team providing research, decision making tools for communities, and developer of analytic tools resource managers and land use planners.
  • NW Climate Hub – – USDA portal for science-based Northwest-specific information and technologies to assist with climate-informed decision making.
  • NW Climate Toolbox – – Suite of online tools to put a variety of climate data and information in reach of organizations and people for site specific locations, including: historical climate variability, temperature and precipitation normal, streamflow projections, climate projections, and data for Tribal Lands.
  • Seedlot Selection Tool – – Web-based mapping application that can be used to map current or future climates based on different climate change scenarios to inform the selection of seedlings for tree planting as part of reforestation and restoration efforts.
  • U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit – – Portal for general information about change for many audiences. 

Funding and support for this project comes from:

Western Sustainable Agriculture and Education is supporting the research and training provided through this project with grant #EW16-021 – Climate Adaptation Training for Foresters.