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Best Practices for State Wildlife Action Plans - Voluntary Guidance to States for Revision and Implementation

November 2012

In 2005, Congress mandated that state fish and wildlife agencies develop State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs) that identified the species and habitats in greatest conservation need, key threats, and recommended actions - in order to receive federal funding through the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program. The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies prepared a report with guidance focused on integrating climate change adaptation planning into SWAPs in 2009 - Voluntary Guidance for States to Incorporate Climate Change into State Wildlife Action Plans and Other Management Plans.

Related Organizations: Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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National Park Service Climate Change Action Plan 2012 - 2014

November 2012

The National Park Service (NPS) Climate Change Action Plan provides guidance to help park managers and staff electively plan for and respond to current and future climate change effects on national park lands. Following on the Climate Change Response Strategy, released in 2010, the Action Plan articulates a set of high priority no-regrets actions the NPS is undertaking, or was committed to undertake, by 2014. 

Related Organizations: National Park Service (NPS)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Coastal and Inland Wetlands in the State of Michigan

September 2012

The Association of State Wetland Managers developed this white paper on climate change projections and adaptation recommendations for Michigan wetlands for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The report describes the natural capital offered by wetlands through ecological services, details the climate change impacts on these services, and offers strategies to use wetlands as tools for climate mitigation and adaptation.

Related Organizations: Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM), Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Ecosystem Assessment and Reporting Tool

August 9, 2012

The Ecosystem Assessment and Reporting (EAR) Tool provides standard ecoregional status measures in a GIS-based tool to integrate data across the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network Thematic Networks (TN). This tool seeks to maximize the information available in the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network Ecosystems and Protected Areas TNs, by providing conservation decision makers products for assessing the extent of ecosystems under effective conservation, offering direction on where to work and what actions may be needed to improve biodiversity conservation.

Related Organizations: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Arizona Wildlife Action Plan 2012-2022

May 16, 2012

Congress charged each state and territory with developing a Wildlife Action Plan in order to receive funds through the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program and the State Wildlife Grants Program. These proactive plans, known also as “Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategies,” assess the health of each state’s wildlife and habitats, identify the problems they face, and outline the actions that are needed to conserve them over the long term.

Related Organizations: Arizona Game and Fish Department

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Washington Stream Habitat Restoration Guidelines 2012 – Appendix A: Climate Change

April 2012

Washington’s 2012 Stream Habitat Restoration Guidelines, prepared for the Washington State Aquatic Habitat Guidelines Program, include a Climate Change Appendix that summarizes the science and impacts of climate change on stream habitat in Washington, and strategies for ensuring that stream habitat restoration efforts are designed to be resilient to climate change impacts. The purpose of the Guidelines is to promote process based natural stream restoration, rehabilitating aquatic and riparian ecosystems.

Related Organizations: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife , Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Puget Sound Partnership, Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Washington State Department of Ecology, Washington State Department of Transportation

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Publications of the Ecological Society of America

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) has over 10,000 members who conduct research, teach, and use ecological science to address environmental issues. The ESA develops a suite of publications, from peer-reviewed journals to newsletters, fact sheets and teaching resources. 'Publications of the ESA' disseminates the most significant results of ecological research. Approaches employed in these studies include: theoretical, modeling, analytical, experimental, observational, synthetic, historical, and descriptive approaches, including those of allied natural and social sciences.

Related Organizations: Ecological Society of America (ESA)

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Responding to Climate Change in National Forests: A Guidebook for Developing Adaptation Options

November 2011

Developed by the United States Forest Service (USFS), this guidebook summarizes current knowledge on climate change adaptation and provides science-based tools and processes to guide adaptation planning in national forests. Targeted towards resource managers and planners, the guidebook focuses on topics and approaches related to "climate-smart" resource management on federal lands.

Related Organizations: USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: David L. Peterson, Constance I. Millar, Linda A. Joyce, Michael J. Furniss, Jessica E. Halofsky, Ronald P. Neilson, Toni Lyn Morelli

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Washington Connected Landscapes Project: Climate-Gradient Corridors Report

August 2011

Prepared by the Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group, this report builds off of a previous (2010) assessment of habitat connectivity patterns for wildlife in Washington. This study factors climate change into the assessment and identifies “climate-gradient corridors” that can support habitat conservation and wildlife migration and response to future changes in climate.

Related Organizations: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife , Washington State Department of Transportation

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Aquatic Ecosystems, Water Quality, and Global Change: Challenges of Conducting Multi-Stressor Vulnerability Assessments (Final Report)

August 2011

This report investigates the issues and challenges associated with identifying, calculating, and mapping indicators of the relative vulnerability of water quality and aquatic ecosystems, across the United States, to the potential adverse impacts of external forces such as long-term climate and land use change. Using a large set of environmental indicators drawn from the scientific and management literature, this draft report explores the conceptual and practical challenges associated with using such indicators to assess how the resilience of ecosystems and human systems may vary as a function of existing stresses and maladaptations.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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