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From the dawn of civilization to present day humans have depended on forests and we will continue to do so indefinitely given proper conservation and management. Forests and the trees within them have pro- vided us the basics of shelter and warmth. They support bio- diversityproviding plants and animals that nourish us. Forests make up our watersheds safe- guarding our clean water by fil- tering out pollutants. Global for- ests are essential in regulating climate. They provide for our basic existence including plant- based medicines. MANAGING WORKING FORESTS RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN A CHANGING CLIMATE Forests are also economically significant with 440 million acres of working forests in the U.S. In 2008 forestry and logging operations were comprised of 9741 companies with 61300 employees and an annual payroll of 2.2 bil- lion dollars. The changing climate puts forestry management into a new context as forests are critical in helping humans deal with climate change. Forestland owners are already experiencing climate change related problems such as stream crossings due to heavy precipitation events over the last several years. However commercial foresters can manage for cli- mate change risks and plan for potential benefits once they are able to identify climate change impacts on their land. Manomets Climate Smart Land Network or the Network team takes complex science which is inher- ently multidisciplinary and turns it into accessible bites of applicable information. Landowners are then able to engage take action and come out on topsafeguarding vital woodlands for generations to come. by Bridget Alexander