Session 3.6: Resiliency Planning for US Forest Service's Transportation System
Friday, May 5, 2017
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. EDT
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The nearly 200 million acres of public lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service (FS) are susceptible to wide-ranging climate change impacts in every region of the country. In addition to impacts that directly affect its lands, such as an increase in wildfires and tree mortality due to drought and higher temperatures, climate change also poses impacts to the roads, bridges, and other transportation infrastructure needed to access and travel within FS lands. Although much work has been done to characterize climate change impacts to the forests themselves, less has been done to analyze impacts to transportation infrastructure in the forests.
FS and U.S. DOT Volpe Center staff have developed a guidebook to provide FS field staff with a process to assess and address climate change impacts on FS transportation assets in National Forests. The guidebook provides guidance relative to:
• Identifying vulnerabilities within the FS transportation network;
• Reducing transportation vulnerability to climate change; and
• Linking implementation opportunities to FS plans and programs.
This presentation will provide an overview of the guidebook, and a discussion about the field testing of the guidebook, which is scheduled for spring/summer 2017.
By the end of this session participants should gain:
• An overview of an approach to assess and address climate change impacts on FS transportation assets in National Forests, and how this approach compares to other federal agency climate change adaptation approaches.
• An understanding of the breadth of transportation infrastructure vulnerabilities on FS lands across the US that could be applicable to other federally-owned rural or recreational lands.
• Awareness of some adaptation strategies for transportation infrastructure on FS lands that could be applicable to other federally-owned rural or recreational lands.
Joshua Schiffer, firstname.lastname@example.org