Pennsylvania DCNR and Climate Change Planning for the Future

Posted on: 6/16/2019 - Updated on: 2/27/2020

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The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is the caretaker of 2.2 million acres of State Forest land, 120 State Parks, advisor to the owners of 15 million acres of private forest land, a leader in providing outdoor recreation, and is the state’s primary conservation agency. DCNR’s mission is to conserve and sustain Pennsylvania’s natural resources for present and future generations, giving the department a unique role and responsibility in helping the Commonwealth reduce and adapt to climate change.

This report provides an overview of the current and projected impacts of climate change on DCNR’s lands and mission. It also lays out a framework for responding to those impacts through mitigation and adaptation.