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The Climate Change Tree Atlas: Managing Tree Species in the Face of Climate Change

Cover image for Research ReviewFor 20 years, the Climate Change Tree Atlas has given foresters insight into tree species trends and how possible future climate scenarios may affect eastern tree species' habitat suitability. The Climate Change Tree Atlas recently underwent a major overhaul. Now even more resources are available to land managers looking for detailed data sets and maps on species traits, habitat quality, land cover, and dispersal potential for most tree species in the eastern United States. Tables and maps on the website are intended to inform land managers and landowners about their forests and enable more forward-looking management of tree species under various climate change scenarios.

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For more information contact

Andrea Brandon
Science Delivery Specialist
USDA Forest Service - Northern Research Station

Key Management Considerations

  • The Climate Change Tree Atlas helps land managers understand current species characteristics and to predict and plan for climate change impacts to these species throughout the eastern United States.
  • Information about the 125 tree species included in the Tree Atlas can be used to answer questions about where these species are located, what predictor variables contribute to them being there, and what might happen to suitable habitat and migration potential under different climate scenarios.
  • The Atlas, recently updated to version 4, features a range of updates including parsing and summarizing for all species by various sub-units, including states, ecoregions, federal land management areas, metropolitan areas, and hydrologic units.
  • The Climate Change Tree Atlas and tutorial links can be found at www.fs.fed.us/nrs/atlas/tree.

Last modified: 6/10/2021