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"A network of networks" - GLAF 2016 will bring together practitioners and researchers from across the Great Lakes region of Canada and the United States for 3 days of sharing climate adaptation and resilience solutions and products in an engaged learning program.
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Friday, October 7 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) and USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub (NFCH): Making Climate-Informed Decisions for Watershed Management

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The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) and the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub (NFCH) are convening a workgroup for watershed managers to discover how people are integrating climate change considerations in their land management activities. NIACS and the NFCH will use this session to explore knowledge gaps, share current climate resources and tools available to watershed managers, and brainstorm potential resources desired by this community. The session will begin with sharing background information about NIACS and our work on climate adaptation in forest management and conservation across the Midwest and Northeast. We will also discuss our new expansion into the realm of watershed management. Following this introduction, the session will operate like a roundtable discussion to solicit feedback and ideas from participants. 

NIACS has published an adaptation toolkit for forest managers which includes a “menu” of adaptation strategies and approaches and a structured framework for developing customized adaptation actions for implementation (http://forestadaptation.org/far and http://adaptationworkbook.org/). Currently these resources are focused primarily on forest management; in the fall of 2016 NIACS plans to kick off a new expansion of the adaptation toolkit that explicitly addresses common management goals and adaptation actions appropriate to watershed management. NIACS will engage partners across the watershed management community to expand the scope of our tools and resources, and this workgroup will be an early opportunity to connect with collaborators and potential users of these tools. Interested partners will be invited to engage in the creation of new tools and practical resources to aid in climate-informed decisions specific to watershed management. Learn more about our existing resources at http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/niacs/ and http://www.climatehubs.oce.usda.gov/northernforests.

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Stephen Handler

Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
I help land managers and land owners consider climate change risks and adaptation actions!
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Danielle Shannon

Coordinator, USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub
Danielle Shannon is the coordinator of the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub, acting as a climate change outreach specialist to natural resource professionals in the Midwest and Northeast. Danielle has a M.S. in Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management from the University of Minnesota and is based in Houghton, MI.
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Chris Swanston

Director, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
Dr. Chris Swanston (US Forest Service) works with numerous organizations to help them reach their land stewardship goals while considering and planning for climate change. Chris is the director of the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), a partnership led by the U.S. Forest Service and designed as a boundary-spanning organization providing climate adaptation services to land managers. He also serves as the director of the USDA... Read More →

Friday October 7, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Great Lakes Central, 4th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

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