Table 1. Interview guide questions.

Interview Guide
1. What do you do in your job related to climate change?
2. Are people participating in climate change adaptation discussions in your agency?
3. Is your unit considering implementing climate change adaptation strategies?
Responses were coded twice, first according to whether the adaptation example identified addressed infrastructure or forest health concerns and secondly according to whether the example was a one-time project or part of a long-range plan. The five codes used were:
–Infrastructure, Project
–Infrastructure, Long-range
–Forest Health, Project
–Forest Health, Long-range
–None
4. Is there a policy mandate to implement climate change adaptation strategies in your unit?
Responses were coded twice, first according to whether the respondent believed a mandate existed either at the agency-wide or regional level. Secondly, responses were coded according to the respondents' perceptions of whether or not the agency provided clear guidance for how to implement the mandate. The six codes used were:
–Agency Mandate; Clear Implementation
–Agency Mandate; Unclear Implementation
–Regional Mandate; Clear Implementation
–Regional Mandate; Unclear Implementation
–No Mandate
–Other
5. What are some roadblocks or barriers to implementing adaptation strategies?†
Responses were coded according to the type of perceived barrier identified. The eight codes used were:
–Lack of Information
–Lack of Resources
–Potential Public Opposition
–Internal Inertia to Change
–Partners' Inertia to Change
–Internal Operating Procedures
–External Environmental Laws
–Ownership Mosaic
6. To what extent do current environmental laws allow you to plan for and implement adaptive strategies?
Responses were coded twice, first according to the law identified and secondly according to whether that law or policy was perceived as an enabler of or a barrier to climate change adaptation. The laws discussed were:
–Clean Air Act
–Clean Water Act
–Endangered Species Act
–Emergency Relief for Federally-Owned Roads
–National Environmental Policy Act
–National Historic Preservation Act
–National Forest Management Act
7. Which is the most important law that influences your decision making or your work related to climate change adaptation?
8. Do these barriers to implementing adaptation strategies differ among programs that manage endangered species, forests, or water resources?
9. What would it take to move forward in the face of these barriers?
Responses were coded according to the types of actions perceived as necessary for moving forward with adaptation. The 10 codes used were:
–Update Internal Policies
–Update Partner Policies
–Change Laws
–Public Education and Dialogue
–Working Across Jurisdictions
–Monitoring & Adaptive Management
–Information
–Funding
–Time
–Judicious Approach
10. How would you go about implementing adaptation strategies in your unit?
These questions form the focus of this paper and include descriptions of how the responses were coded.