National Roadmap for Responding to Climate Change

Created: 7/26/2010 -


USDA recently released the 2010-2015 Strategic Plan that guides its agencies towards achieving several goals including Strategic Goal 2 - Ensure our national forests and private working lands are conserved, restored, and made more resilient to climate change, while enhancing our water resources. This goal has several objectives. Objective 2.2 is to lead efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The performance measures under this objective seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the U.S. agricultural sector, increase  the amount of carbon sequestered on U.S. lands, and bring all National Forests into compliance with a climate change adaptation and mitigation strategy. The Forest Service response to this goal includes this Roadmap for Responding to Climate Change, and a Performance Scorecard.

In October 2008, the Forest Service introduced a “Strategic Framework for  Responding to Climate Change”. As field units began to implement the framework, the need emerged for a national roadmap to help the agency move from what it is already doing in response to climate change, through a range of additional short-term initiatives, to longer term investments in the future of America’s forests and grasslands. The roadmap set forth here builds on the strategic framework. Based on regional guidance, individual units can put this roadmap to use, using a scorecard system to track local implementation. The Forest Service will hold itself accountable for progress under this roadmap in four major dimensions: agency or organizational capacity; partnerships and conservation education; adaptation; and mitigation.

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) works to support the American agricultural economy to strengthen rural communities; to protect and conserve our natural resources; and to provide a safe, sufficient, and nutritious food supply for the American people. The Department’s wide range of programs and responsibilities touches the lives of every American every day. This factsheet provides information about some of our agencies and offices, their missions, responsibilities, and services they provide.


National / Federal
Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Air temperature
Invasive / non-native species, pests
Public safety threats
Range shifts
Water quality
Water temperature
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