The Four Forest Restoration Initiative: Implementing a Climate Change Adaptation Framework for Natural Resource Management and Planning

Edward Smith, Molly Cross, Gregg Garfin, Patrick McCarthy, Dave Gori, Marcos Robles, Carolyn Enquist
Created: 12/14/2013 -


The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Arizona, working with the USDA Forest Service, TNC-New Mexico, University of Arizona, and Wildlife Conservation Society, convened a two-day workshop entitled Climate Change Adaptation Workshop for Natural Resource Managers in the Four Forest Restoration Initiative area on 7-8 April 2010 in Flagstaff, Arizona (See Appendix B, page 50 for the agenda). Forty-four representatives of 15 state and federal agencies, local governments and non- governmental organizations participated (See Appendix A, page 48 for the list of participants). This workshop was the third in a series of four workshops organized by the Southwest Climate Change Initiative (SWCCI), a collaborative effort to provide information and tools for climate change adaptation planning and implementation for conservation practitioners in the Four Corners states: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.

Workshop Goal and Objectives

The workshop goal was to identify management strategies that will help native plants, animals and ecosystems adapt to a changing climate and lay the groundwork for strategy implementation. The objectives of the workshop were to:

  1. Provide background information on climate change as it applies to northern Arizona.
  2. Introduce a framework for landscape-scale climate change adaptation planning for use at this workshop and as a tool that can be used in other landscapes.
  3. Assess the impacts of climate change on a set of high-priority species, ecosystems and natural processes selected by workshop organizers and participants.
  4. Identify strategic actions that will reduce climate change impacts.
  5. Identify opportunities for ongoing learning, collaboration, and implementation of on-the- ground climate change adaptation projects in northern Arizona.

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The Nature Conservancy's New Mexico Conservation Science Program works with public and private agencies and institutions on ecological management, conservation planning, and scientific assessments to further its mission to “preserve the plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.”


Adaptation Phase
Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Land Use Planning
Water Resources
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Incorporate future conditions into natural resources planning and policies
Capacity Building
Host adaptation training or planning workshop
Create stakeholder engagement processes to develop and implement adaptation strategies
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Species of concern