Forestry and Climate Change Adaptation

Forests play an important role in adaptation. Healthy forests sequester carbon, protect water supplies and quality, provide habitat and soil stability, and much more. Urban forests also help reduce urban heat islands, absorb storm and flood waters, and improve air quality. Forests are, however, vulnerable to climate impacts, including increased fires, drought, invasive species and more. Adaptation to climate change will require protecting rural forests from fire and invasive species and encouraging development in fire-safer regions. Adaptation in urban areas should include additional use of urban forests and tree-planting to reduce heat impacts and cooling needs, protect air quality and absorb excess water.

2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy for Forests

Climate Change and Wildfire

Urban Forests