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Sustainability and Climate

Drought Webinars

Webinars about the effects of drought and other water challenges facing our national forests and grasslands.

Southern California Forests Win EPA Federal Green Challenge Award

The Los Padres and San Bernardino national forests are reducing energy use at nine sites by 80%, saving $225,000 annually.

Water Bulletin

Read about how Forest Service managers are responding to extreme drought conditions in the Southwest.

The Forest Service is a steward of many of our nation’s most treasured landscapes, and within those landscapes are resources that people need and want, such as clean air and water, recreational opportunities and forest products. Impacts from climate change, extreme weather, and other disturbances—along with changing human demands—challenge our ability to ensure that ecosystems are healthy, resilient, and thus more adaptable to changing conditions. The Forest Service is adjusting behaviors and actions by using the best available science and information to ensure our forests and grasslands continue to deliver values, products, and services both now and in the future.

The Forest Service is leading multiple efforts across the agency to achieve consistent approaches in sustainability and mitigation and adaptation to climate change. These projects support and grow the existing network of field-based employees who facilitate our agency’s response to sustainability and climate change. The outcomes of this work provide tools, learning laboratories and pilots that result in corporate implementation and adoption of sustainable and climate resilience actions.


Drought has affected millions of Americans and poses a growing threat to the security and resilience of communities, as well as to the foundation of the ecological services that flow from the nation’s forests and grasslands.The effects of drought on national forests are of particular concern because about 20 percent of the nation’s clean drinking water originates from national forests. In the U.S. about 180 million people rely on forested lands to capture and filter their drinking water. Learn more about drought

Vulnerability Assessments

Climate change vulnerability assessments bring together scientific research and observations from multiple disciplines to identify and quantify the expected impacts of climate change. These assessments can focus on understanding current and predicted climate changes and what is causing them, the consequences of climate change, and/or the response options. They can vary greatly in their scope, from addressing climate change globally to looking at a specific location or resource. Learn more about vulnerability assessments


As we continue to face new challenges brought about by climate change it is important that we consider these effects in our planning and decision making. Today, the Forest Service is working to ensure that our national forests and grasslands are prepared for upcoming changes in climate through adaptation and mitigation. Learn more about adaptation


The U.S Forest Service is a leader in developing tools for carbon assessment, management, and forest carbon cycle science. The Forest Service champions the principles of considering carbon and other benefits together, integrating climate adaptation and mitigation, and balancing carbon uptake and storage in a wide range of ecosystem services. Learn more about carbon


Sustainability in the U.S. Forest Service goes beyond managing healthy, resilient forests. It’s about investing in our natural infrastructure to protect clean air, healthy soils, and drinking water. Sustainability is about our commitment to reduce agency greenhouse gas emissions through innovation. We foster sustainability leadership while reducing daily consumption and costs in water, energy, fleet, waste, and purchasing. Learn more about sustainability

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