NIACS Community of Practice project

The Forest Stewards Guild is teaming up with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) to strengthen the forester community of practice for responding to climate change in New England. This "community of practice" includes people like members of the Forest Stewards Guild who are applying ecological forestry concepts on the ground and sharing lessons from their work. 

Forest Managers need scientifically credible, relevant, and timely information on climate change. Most forest practitioners in New England have participated in a NIACS training, read a scientific publication, or heard about NIACS' Climate Change Response Framework approach and tools for adapting forests to the changing climate. This project is intended to take this community of practice to the next level. 

Through a series of events, we will identify key areas of uncertainty where new research is needed to address management challenges. NIACS and the Guild will host listening sessions to hear the specific needs of practitioners in different parts of the region. From the outputs of these listening sessions, we will develop resources such as fact sheets and topical webinars to help answer some of the questions raised by professionals in the field. Most importantly, the listening sessions will bring together the community of practice and facilitate communication between scientists and managers.

We invite you to engage in forest adaptation to climate change in two ways:

1. Share your thoughts online. Please answer seven short questions here: Your answers will help us frame important questions and develop resources to help our community of practice adapt forests to the changing climate. 
2. Participate in a listening session. We will conduct a series of in-person listening sessions this season to explore science needs in greater detail:

November 16 in Northampton, MA
December 6 in Orono, ME
December 14 in Burlington, VT
December 19 in Smithfield, RI
Other dates and locations to be announced.

Please keep an eye on the Forest Stewards Guild page and communications for information about how to participate! For more information about this project, please contact Amanda Mahaffey ( or Maria Janowiak (