USDA Climate Hubs and the Framework

The USDA recently unveiled seven Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change. “Climate Hubs” will address increasing risks such as fires, invasive pests, devastating floods, and crippling droughts on a regional basis, aiming to translate science and research into action and extension to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners on ways to adapt and adjust their resource management.

Two new Climate Hubs in the Midwest and Northeast will span across twenty states in the region and draw upon expertise from the USDA Forest Service, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, USDA Agricultural Research Service and many diverse partners. “Millions of acres of woodland and farmland are managed by private landowners in the Northeast, and their decisions are critical to the sustainability of forestry, agriculture, and local communities,” said Michael T. Rains, Director of the Forest Service’s Northern Research Station and the Forest Products Lab. Rains said that by providing climate science and land management tools, the Hubs will contribute to making farmland and forests healthier and more resilient.

The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, a collaboration among the Forest Service and other partners, will be leading the Northern Forests Sub Hub, encouraging development of resources and dissemination of key information for the forest sector across both the Midwest and Northeast Hubs. NIACS is already leading six Climate Change Response Framework projects, providing an integrated set of tools, partnerships, and actions to support climate-informed conservation and forest management across more than 240 million acres of forest land.

The map indicates USDA Hub boundaries overlaid on Climate Change Response Framework project boundaries.