US Forest Service Strategic Framework for Responding to Climate Change
The US Forest Service has drafted a Strategic Framework for Responding to Climate Change, which outlines a vision, guiding principles, goals and actions for working toward the mission of the Forest Service in a changing climate. The Framework is designed to guide the Forest Service in integrating climate change into its programs, policies, partnerships and processes.
The Framework emphasizes improving scientific understanding, engaging and educating citizens and employees, and coordinating action across ownership boundaries through partnerships with agencies and stakeholders at the national, state, regional and local level. The Forest Service framework acknowledges the opportunity to contribute to action and learn from existing partnerships, including the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition.
The Forest Service’s Strategic Framework for Responding to Climate Change (adopted July 2008 by the National Leadership Council) is accessible through the Pacific Southwest Research Station website: http://www.fs.fed.us/psw/topics/climate_change/.
Among other climate change resources, you will find links to the Framework (version 1.0) and a Strategic Aspirations document (adopted September 2008).
The Pacific Northwest Research Station website: http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/research/climate-change/ offers additional resources related to climate change science.
And, as mentioned in an earlier digest, the US Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center website: http://www.fs.fed.us/ccrc/ also offers resources on climate change.