Climate change is altering Alaska’s national forests as trees, plants and wildlife continue to respond to altered temperatures and moisture, and shifting patterns of precipitation, fire, insects and disease outbreaks. To reduce the impact of climate change on forest wildlife and habitat, forest managers need the latest scientific information when updating their management plans and strategies. Defenders of Wildlife reviewed 11 recent reports on climate science, impacts and vulnerability of terrestrial, freshwater and marine wildlife and habitats. We have compiled the key findings for U.S. Forest Service leaders and staff and members of the public interested in helping vulnerable species and landscapes survive the changes ahead. This document is the detailed synthesis of these reports.

For the full, detailed report, use the download link below.