Fraser Basin Council


Ministry of Forest Lands and Natural Resource Operations

This website toolkit offers links to state-of the art science, modelling, seminars, initiatives and publications focused on adapting forest management to climate change in British Columbia.

Province of British Columbia

British Columbia is committed to addressing the climate crisis. The Provincial Government’s responsibility to current and future generations as natural resource stewards requires coordinated, province-wide action on climate change adaptation, including the integration of Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge. This website provides natural resource managers with policy resources, knowledge resources, and tools to integrate climate change adaptation into decision-making. The featured resource are Regional Extension Notes, which include climate change projections, probable impacts of climate change to ecosystems, and adaptation strategies for natural resource management for seven regions throughout British Columbia.

2012 – City of Prince George

To help identify and plan for the impacts of climate change, the City of Prince George worked on a planning process in partnership with University of Northern BC (UNBC), the Fraser Basin Council and many others. The City incorporated adaptation into the myPG sustainability plan and the Official Community Plan.

This video series offers an overview of the work and some of the key focus areas: forests, ecosystems, transportation and flood:

For related resources, see also Adapting to Climate Change in Prince George and a Fraser Basin Council case study.

2014, Canadian Council of Forest Industries

This report provides an overview of assisted tree migration, describes many of the potential opportunities and risks associated with this strategy, and outlines current thinking on responsible implementation of assisted migration of tree species.

Keywords: Canada, Forestry

2017 - Diamond Head, Metro Vancouver

In Metro Vancouver climate change is projected to result in warmer, drier summers, reduced snow-packs, more frequent extreme rainfall events and rising sea levels. The management of our urban forests is often highlighted as a climate adaptation tool for cities. However, regionally-specific information on how to design tree plantings to maximize climate adaptation benefits has been limited.

This Guidebook has been developed to serve as a quick reference and resource for land managers and member municipalities to support landscape design projects, design guidelines updates and for designing new developments. It can also be used by the development community as a resource guide for best practices in incorporating climate adaptation within development programming and design. This document does not replace or supersede requirements or specifications in zoning bylaws, engineering design standards or Ministry of Transportation requirements.

The FACoP is a sub-community of the Climate Change Adaptation Community of Practice (CCACoP) and is dedicated to persons interested in climate change impacts and adaptation options for forestry in Canada. It helps forest industry members, forest science researchers, forest policy makers and others share information and best practices on current activities in the area of climate change vulnerability and adaptation in Canada's forest sector.

Keywords: Canada, Forestry

2012 — BC Ministry of Forest Lands and Natural Resource Operations

This action plan aligns with the Province of British Columbia’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy with respect to forest management and stewardship. The management goal is to have BC’s forest management policy framework fully account for a changing climate by 2017.


B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

Scientific research is being undertaken in British Columbia in order to adapt the provincial natural resource sector to a changing climate, reduce carbon emissions and increase carbon sinks. Check out this website for an inventory of climate research projects from FLNRORD, including projects funded under the Future Forest Ecosystems Scientific Council (FFESC). Research projects look into vulnerability assessments and planning for B.C's forestry sector. 

2017 - Diamond Head Consulting, Metro Vancouver

Metro Vancouver’s management plans identify adapting to climate change as an important piece of building and maintaining a livable region. Many member municipalities and Metro Vancouver land managers have been actively engaged in evaluating the condition and rate of change in their urban forests, but have had limited practical guidance about how to plan and manage these complex systems in a changing climate.

The purpose of this project was to identify the risks facing urban forests, assess regional vulnerability of the existing urban forest and develop a framework and guidelines for building resilience moving forward. Regionally specific guidance on species selection and management techniques can help reduce the risk of significant urban forest mortality and maximize the benefits (ecosystem services) urban forests provide. A second piece of work was developed concurrently to address the design and siting of trees to maximize climate adaptation benefits (Design Guidebook: Maximizing Climate Adaptation Benefits with Trees).

2015, Canadian Council of Forest Ministers

The purpose of this report is to provide a systematic national assessment of: tree species vulnerability to climatic change, management implications and options, and knowledge gaps in our understanding of both species vulnerability and adaptation.

Keywords: Canada, Forestry

2019 - Fraser Basin Council

Building on our webinar "Effectiveness of fuel treatments in mitigating wildfire severity - Lessons from large wildfire events in the interior Pacific Northwest", Kelly Osbourne and Rory Colwell of the BC Wildfire Service provide further information on the effectiveness of fuel treatment activities in combination with FireSmart principles in other ecosystems in British Columbia, including coastal, boreal and wetter interior forests.


About ReTooling for Climate Change

The ReTooling for Climate Change website is a project of the Fraser Basin Council to support local governments and First Nations in BC in preparing for climate change adaptation. The site is funded through the BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative (BC RAC), a partnership program of the Fraser Basin Council and the BC Ministry of Environment – Climate Action Secretariat, with funding from Natural Resources Canada and other in-kind contributions.

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Also worth a visit

On this site, you’ll find links to many helpful websites on climate change adaptation.

For steps communities can take to mitigate climate change, check out the Climate Action Toolkit website.