Events, Webinars, and Trainings

Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC) Symposium 2022

January 19-20, virtual. Join the fifth annual RISCC management symposium virtually via Zoom on January 19-20. This year’s topics range from marine invasive species risks to floodplain forest restoration, and carbon co-benefits. For more information, view the preliminary agenda.


Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5) Public Engagement Workshops

January 11-February 18. In January and February of 2022, USGCRP and NCA5 authors will host a series of workshops to solicit feedback on climate change-related issues that are important to the public. The information gathered in these workshops will help the authors determine which topics to cover in their chapters of NCA5.


NCA5 Virtual Public Outreach events

Northeast Chapter: January 18 at 8:00 am Central/9:00 am Eastern
Tribes & Indigenous Peoples Chapter: January 18 at 11:00 am Central/12:00 pm Eastern
Southeast Chapter: February 1 at 10:00 am Central/11:00 am Eastern
Human Health Chapter: February 11 at 10:30 am Central/11:30 am Eastern


South Central CASC Culturally Significant Plants Symposium

January 18-20. The South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center and Chickasaw Nation will be hosting an event at the Chickasaw Retreat and Conference Center to discuss how climate change impacts culturally significant plants. Researchers and artisans in the field will be present to bring awareness to these issues. Registration is open! 


Forest Stewards Guild - Oak Resiliency Assessment Tool Workshop

January 19, 4:00 pm Eastern, virtual. Join the Forest Stewards Guild to learn how you can use a web-based Oak Resiliency Assessment Tool to assess the resiliency of oak on land you manage. During the workshop, you will learn why this tool can provide value to you and the landowners you work for, the resources the tool provides, and practice using the tool in a meaningful way to assess the resiliency of oak forests.


NIACS Online Adaptation Planning and Practices (APP) Trainings

January 24 - May 13, virtual. The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub are offering several online Adaptation Planning and Practices (APPo) trainings for forest and natural resource managers in 2022. These courses will provide hands-on training in considering climate change information and identifying adaptation actions for natural resources management professionals working in natural ecosystems. Participants will receive coaching and feedback while using the Adaptation Workbook to develop their own real-world climate adaptation project. Most courses consist of seven weekly web sessions and three discussion sessions, with independent work time occurring between sessions. There are no registration fees thanks to the support of the US Forest Service and the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub.
- Midwest and Northeast geography: January 25 - March 16
- Wildlife habitat special focus: February 28 - April 20
- Forest-carbon management special focus: March 21 - May 11


Ininaatig Dibaajimowinan: Sugar Maple Virtual Storytelling Event

February 8. Community members come together from across sugar maple territory to talk about our relationship with iskigamizigan (sugarbush). A panel of elders, harvesters, and resource managers will share stories, experiences, concerns, and items of importance for the next generation to care for the sugarbush.


Forest Climate Change Initiative and Forest Stewards Guild: Maine Forest Climate Change Webinar Series

This series will address climate change impacts on the different forest types found in Maine through a combination of 1-hour webinars paired with half day field tours. The webinars will provide an overview of the topics and issues faced at each site: including those related to the intersection of climate adaptation and site-specific biodiversity. Webinars will include time for Q&A and to showcase field tour specifics. The field tours will examine climate impacts and management at each site, lunch is included with registration (fee for each tour: $20). Webinar registration is free.
Webinars will run Noon-1pm; Field Tours 9:30am-1:30pm (please arrive by 9:15am) followed by lunch + informal discussions as conditions allow.
CFE credits available for both the webinars (1 Cat 1) and field tours (3 Cat 1).

  • Session 3: Schoodic Institute [Coastal Spruce-Fir]: Webinar February 23; Field Tour February 24
  • Session 4: Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust [Mixed Hardwood]: Webinar April 27; Field Tour April 29
  • Session 5: To Be Announced [tentative June 2022]


Southeast Drought Early Warning System Partners Dialogue

March 1-2. This regional gathering will bring together partners for the first time under the newly established Southeast Drought Early Warning System (SE DEWS) network to share and discuss ongoing drought-related activities, learn about new and innovative drought research and resources, explore emerging issues and opportunities, and identify collaborative paths forward that advance drought early warning and preparedness in this region. Specific topics that will be addressed include:

  • Sharing state and watershed approaches for drought planning and response
  • Promoting effective practices for communicating current and future drought conditions
  • Improving our ability to monitor, predict, and respond to rapid-onset (‘flash’) droughts
  • Utilizing information on drought impacts to inform drought monitoring and decision making

Participants will leave with tangible lessons on how to enhance existing activities, design and implement new efforts, and address barriers related to drought planning and preparedness. In addition, partners will jointly identify collaborative research and opportunities that the partners and the broader DEWS network can utilize to address drought across the region.

Separate discussions on Monday, February 28 (before the Dialogue) will include:

  • Drought and Wildfire / Prescribed Burn Management
  • Flash Drought
  • Soil Moisture Observations and Applications

Location: Atlanta Regional Commission, Atlanta, Georgia
Who should attend: This Dialogue is open to all, and is particularly relevant to those entities that engage in the following activities:

  • Monitor drought conditions
  • Engage in drought and water planning
  • Utilize drought information in decision making
  • Provide information on drought conditions and impacts
  • Conduct research related to drought monitoring, prediction, and risk
  • Share drought information through communication and outreach

Please share this upcoming event with your networks! Questions? Contact Meredith Muth.


2022 Bridging the Gap Meeting - Virtual Event

March 7-10. The event will be co-hosted by The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the USDA Forest Service. For more information you may contact Misty Madbull at Choctaw Nation at 580-642-7911 or or Marla Collins, USDA Forest Service, at 573-405-0220 or


Southeast CASC Regional Science Symposium

March 29-31. Plan to join us in Gulf Shores, Alabama. This event is intended for:

  • Researchers and managers working in the southeastern U.S., including the U.S. Caribbean, on climate impacts and adaptation for fish, wildlife, habitat, cultural resources.
  • Decision makers and practitioners from state fish and wildlife agencies, federal organizations, Tribal Nations and Tribal organizations, NGOs.


National Tribal & Indigenous Climate Conference

August 29- September 1. ITEP is also hosting another National Tribal & Indigenous Climate Conference II, this time in person! Please save the date for the second NTICC, taking place on the Intercontinental St. Paul Riverfront in St. Paul, Minnesota.


National Adaptation Forum

October 25-27, Baltimore, Maryland. After a three-year hiatus, everyone is eager to connect in-person, share important work since the last Forum, and develop plans to address the challenges that remain. In close proximity to Washington D.C., Baltimore provides an unparalleled opportunity to foster timely engagement with federal partners who are ramping up their adaptation action! Situated on the edge of the Chesapeake Bay, it also is a reminder of the many coastal communities and ecosystems working hard to adapt. The need to share and discuss adaptation from the local to national level has never been more important. Proposal submissions will open in early January and close at 11:59 EST on February 1, 2022.