Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool

The Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tools provides information on climate change impacts and vulnerability of a variety of the state’s species and habitats; as well as adaptation strategies and actions based on user selected location and interests. The online tool is focused on fish and wildlife species, forests and forestry practices, landscape connectivity (including climate related impacts on roads and culverts), land protection, and conservation planning.

The Wildlife Climate Action Tool includes:

  • climate change impacts, with projections for over 30 climate variables;
  • vulnerability assessments for fish and wildlife species and their habitats;
  • information about non-climate stressors such as development and loss of landscape connectivity that must be accounted for; and
  • on-the-ground actions including forestry practices, land protection and restoring landscape connectivity.

The fish and wildlife selected for the tool include species of regional conservation need, as well as game and other abundant wildlife. These species cover a range of habitats and taxonomy and are of particular interest to managers and the public in Massachusetts. Multiple Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CCVA) results are presented for each species. 

Some of the entries include brook trout, which are impacted by warming stream temperatures and fragmented habitat; marbled salamander, which are impacted by changing rainfall patterns; moose, which are at the southern end of their range; blackpoll warbler, which are vulnerable to changing forest habitat conditions; and beech-birch-maple forests, where warming temperatures impact sugar maples and other northern trees.

In this tool, adaptation strategies and actions are presented for each of the focal areas such as wildlife, forestry or landscape conservation. The strategies were developed within the context of the national goals of the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy as well as forestry-specific goals were developed by a collaborative team of experts.


The tool was developed by the Massachusetts Climate Adaptation Partnership, made up of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Interior’s Northeast Climate Science Center at UMass Amherst, and the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.
 

 

If you have any trouble accessing the associated website link, please find here an archived page. You may find this has limited use. 

http://web.archive.org/web/20170203032202/https://climateactiontool.org

Publication Date: November 23, 2015

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User Comments:

  • September 14, 2018
    Katie Spidalieri, Institute Associate at Georgetown Climate Center

    Forward-looking tool to plan for a changing climate and implement adaptation strategies regarding natural resources management.