Natural Resource Professionals use Hands-on Training to Tackle Climate Change Adaptation

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The College of Menominee Nation (CMN), in partnership with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS – a division of the Northern Research Station of the USDA Forest Service), hosted a one-and-a-half day workshop on the CMN campus on August 20-21.  Forest and natural resource managers from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service Northeastern Area, and multiple tribes participated in the Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices (FAPP) training. Participants brought real-world projects to the training and designed innovative adaptation actions as well as practical monitoring metrics to gauge success. The course, currently in the Beta Phase, is designed to train resource managers and practitioners how to incorporate climate science into forest management utilizing a written document developed through the Climate Change Response Framework.  There were 18 participants that attended the training course, which was an ideal number to allow NIACS staff to interact with and provide personal assistance to program participants.  Comments and feedback from both the attendees and the staff were very favorable.  The outcomes of these “testing” workshops are twofold: 1) to provide direct feedback to NIACS staff on both content and delivery of the information and materials to further refine both the written text and workshop structure, 2) to teach/train participants the process of incorporating climate adaptation information into their forest management and planning activities. Participants reported in post-workshop surveys that the training improved their level of knowledge in multiple areas, particularly in terms of identifying viable adaptation strategies and translating general strategies to site-specific management tactics. FAPP will be used as a template for future trainings that will lead to more real-world adaptation efforts. FAPP was hosted through a collaboration of NIACS, the College of Menominee Nation, the CMN Center for First American Forestlands, and the Forest Service.