Climate change and policies developed in response to it have implications for forest biodiversity, health, productivity, and economic viability. Climate change is now considered a factor influencing some endangered species and regional climate forecasts are being incorporated into agency planning regulations for water quality, wildlife conservation, and other issues. The ability of climate models to make useful regional forecasts is limited, and syntheses and timely updates are needed to help Member Companies fulfill expectations of certification programs in a more cost-efficient manner.
Staff will continue to review scientific literature, agency assessments, and proposed regulations on climate change-related topics. Staff will also examine forest growth forecasts and historical responses to climate change and communicate this information to Member Companies.
For more information on Climate Change as it relates to the forest products industry, visit Climate Change and Carbon under Sustainable Manufacturing.