Chapter 6 : Forests. Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: The Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II
Large-scale disturbances that cause rapid change and more gradual climate change effects will alter the ability of forests to provide ecosystem services, although alterations will vary greatly depending on the tree species and local biophysical conditions. The ability of society and resource management to continue to adapt to climate change will be determined primarily by socioeconomic factors and organizational capacity. Ensuring the continuing health of forest ecosystems and, where desired and feasible, keeping forestland in forest cover are key challenges for society.