Forests play a critical role in mitigating climate change by capturing carbon dioxide and storing carbon within soils and forest biomass.

Forest management actions are necessary to support maintaining or enhancing the forest carbon sink, which offset about 15 percent of total U.S. fossil fuel emissions. Management actions can be designed to maintain existing carbon stocks or enhance sequestration capacity while providing co-benefits for other sustainable resource management objectives, such as timber supply, wildlife habitat, or water quality.

Adaptation in Action

There is no single answer on how to best adapt to climate change, and adaptation responses will vary by location based upon the magnitude of climate impacts, the inherent resilience of ecosystems, and the values and resources of local communities. We have created resources to help land managers anticipate climate change impacts and identify adaptation actions.

We have developed a set of Adaptation Strategies and Approaches designed specifically for forest carbon management. Drawing from a large body of scientific literature this menu is designed to be used with the Adaptation Workbook, this new resource will help managers understand and select from a wide variety of climate-informed actions that support carbon mitigation.

Learn more about the Adaptation Strategies and Approaches for forest carbon management

Find real-world adaptation demonstration projects that have used this tool in planning:

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Audubon Vermont: Green Mountain Audubon Center


Watch a recorded presentation on the Strategies and approaches for managing forests for climate change and forest-carbon featuring Todd Ontl. 

Work with Us

We provide training and technical assistance to natural resource professionals and land owners to support climate-informed land management. Examples of our work include:

  • Working with American Forests to plan and facilitate learning labs to uncover land-section greenhouse gas mitigation options for natural and working lands
  • Providing resources and training on forest carbon management
  • Creating tools to support the adaptation of forests to climate change, while also considering carbon
  • Develop real-world examples of how climate-informed management of forests can achieve goals related to carbon management

Contact Todd Ontl for more information

Featured Resources

There are so many resources on this topic that it can be hard to know where to start. We've created this list to feature our favorite resources. Want more? Use the Resource Finder to view more of what we've developed through the Climate Change Response Framework, or visit the Adaptation Workbook to discover even more!


American Forests is leading solutions on climate change, with support from the Climate Change Response Framework.

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