Keeping North Carolina’s Farms and Forests Vibrant and Resilient through Adaptive Management: Priorities and Recommendations for Advancing Adaptive Management

Summary

This resource includes adaptive management recommendations for farmers and foresters to increase their operation’s resilience and resistance to climate changes.

The history of agriculture and forestry is one of constant change and continuous improvement. No one can precisely state what climate and weather patterns will be for North Carolina in the future. Scientific research and producer experience does point to growing challenges for our agriculture and forestry sectors, as shifts in weather patterns continue and weather events intensify. For this reason, adaptation has increasingly become a focus of interest. A focus on adaptation measures opens the door to the collection of solutions for addressing production challenges. For instance, solutions which increase an operation’s resilience and resistance to climate changes can also create economic and ecological added-value for landowners and society. These actions could include terrestrial carbon sequestration, methane capture and conversion, waste-to-energy, as well as other practices. Changes ahead are expected to be unprecedented, but with good planning and through proactive management North Carolina’s agriculture and forestry producers can remain productive and provide many benefits beyond food and fiber. North Carolina’s farmers, ranchers and foresters will have to adjust to more variable weather and extremes by merging knowledge, experience and planning with new technologies and decision-making tools. However, they also will need focused support to innovate and adapt to the changes ahead in a way that strengthens production systems, improves profits and reduces environmental impacts. The state’s leadership should support North Carolina’s producers by making investments in public research, and expanding the state’s economic development focus on agriculture and forestry.

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  • Geographic region: North Carolina, USA
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  • Vetting: Stakeholder work group
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