Plan for Resilience
Everyone’s environment is changing, but not always in the same way or at the same pace. Both the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration maintain tools to help project changes in temperature and precipitation.
Trees can help mitigate some of the impacts of climate change, especially flooding from extreme stormwater events and increased temperatures caused by the urban heat island effect. At the same time, climate change can damage tree canopy. Impacts will vary by location and by species, and may not surface for years or even decades.
Urban forestry and green infrastructure plans should emphasize adaptability, monitoring, careful selection of diverse tree species, multiple age classes, and cost-effective pest management programs.