This Technical Report is one of two foundation papers for the B.C. Ministry of Forest and Range (MoFR) Future Forest Ecosystems Initiative (FFEI). These papers will increase the awareness of the potential impact of climate change on forest and range resources in British Columbia. They will also provide information to aid in assessing the vulnerability of British Columbia's forest and range resources and their management, leading to the development of adaptation strategies for a changing climate. The FFEI was initiated by the Chief Forester with a symposium and workshop in December 2005. At the same time the MoFR Climate Change Task Team was preparing a report on how the MoFR should strategically position itself with respect to the potential impacts of climate change on the province's forest and range resources. The present report draws on the Task Team report, recommendations from the FFEI workshop, and numerous other documents including the most recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It provides a summary of future possible climates for British Columbia, a brief review of possible impacts on forest and range resources, and options for and challenges to adapting to climate change. Finally, there are recommendations on how the MoFR might respond to climate change. The report contains four appendices that expand on material presented in the body of the report, including information on the past as well as on future climates of British Columbia.
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Updated March 26, 2008