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State of the Birds 2011- Report on Public Lands and Waters

May 3, 2011

This report provides the nation's first assessment of the distribution of birds on public lands and helps public agencies to identify which species have significant cause for conservation in each habitat type. The report assessed the distribution of birds on nearly 850 million acres of public land and 3.5 million square miles of ocean and presents a wide variety of bird habitats including arid lands, oceans and coasts, forests, arctic and alpine, islands, wetlands, and grasslands.

Related Organizations: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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NatureServe Climate Change Vulnerability Index

April 2011

The NatureServe Climate Change Vulnerability Index (CCVI) can help identify plant and animal species that are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Using the Index, information is readily available about a species' natural history, distribution and landscape circumstances to predict whether it will likely suffer habitat loss, population reductions, or both during the coming years. CCVI can be used as part of a variety of analyses, including assessing the relative risk of species listed in State Wildlife Action Plans or part of any assessment of the vulnerability of species to climate change.

Related Organizations: NatureServe

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Delaware Estuary Living Shoreline Initiative

From the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE), the Delaware Estuary Living Shoreline Initiative (DELSI) is a pilot project designed to stabilize eroding shorelines of tidal marshes. PDE with Rutgers University has developed the "DELSI Tactic" of living shorelines which uniquely uses a combination of native wetland plants, natural structures, and intertidal shellfish to trap sediment and absorb waves. The DELSI Tactic provides an economical approach to communities that are struggling to combat the erosion of tidal marshes.

Related Organizations: Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Rutgers University

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Flood Frequency Estimates for New England River Restoration Projects: Considering Climate Change in Project Design

2011

Prepared by the NOAA Fisheries Service, this 2011 flood frequency brief and provides guidance for incorporating climate change into river restoration projects. The report explains recent climate and streamflow research, helping river restoration practitioners on improving estimates of flood frequency and magnitude for project design. The document focuses on New England, but is applicable as general guidance for the entire northeastern United States.

Related Organizations: NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Considering Climate Change in Florida’s State Wildlife Action Planning: A Spatial Resilience Planning Approach

2011

Conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and commissioned by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), this study piloted a new approach to incorporating climate change into wildlife conservation planning through a "spatial resilience planning" method. The method was tested, and recommendations developed, through a series of workshops with Florida species experts and wildlife managers that focused first on revising impact assessments for each species. Priority management actions and spatially specific planning options were then developed for each species under various climate change scenarios.

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Michael Flaxman, Juan Carlos Vargas-Moreno

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Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework

2011

To address climate change impacts on northern Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin forests, the ‘Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework’ was established in 2011. The project has involved more than 40 scientists and natural resource professionals collaborating to assess the vulnerability of forest ecosystems to climate change – developing the Framework for resource management, conservation, and collaboration in adaptation planning. 

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Managing Changing Landscapes in the Southwestern United States

January 2011

This regional assessment examines the impacts of temperature change from 1951-2006 on natural resources in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. It documents that warming has already affected habitats, watersheds, and species of conservation concern in the Southwest, by influencing the timing of seasonal events or amplifying the impacts of natural disturbances such as wildfire and drought.

Related Organizations: Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) - RISA, University of Washington, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Marcos Robles, Carolyn Enquist

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Scanning the Conservation Horizon: A Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

2011

This report from the National Wildlife Federation is designed to assist fish and wildlife managers and other conservation and resource professionals to better plan, execute, and interpret vulnerability assessments in support of wildlife conservation and ecosystem-based adaptation.   Key steps for assessing ecosystems, habitats and species vulnerability to climate change are described. This guidance material details various approaches for assessing sensitivity, exposure, and adaptive capacity, at each of these biological levels.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

Author or Affiliated User: Patty Glick

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Southeast Regional Assessment Project (SERAP)

December 13, 2010

The Southeast Regional Assessment Project (SERAP) was developed by the Department of Interior's (DOI) National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC). This report defines proposed efforts by SERAP to better integrate and support efforts of the eight DOI NCCWSC Regional Climate Science Centers (RCSCs) and DOI's Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs), optimize ecosystem management decisions, and satisfy overall DOI conservation objectives.

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Forest and Water Climate Adaptation: A Plan for Whatcom County, Washington

December 2010

The Model Forest Policy Program, the Cumberland River Compact, and the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) developed a Climate Adaptation Plan for Whatcom County, Washington, with a focus on resiliency and adaptability of ecosystems in the county and Nooksack River basin. Assessments were conducted on the county’s water, forest, and economic resources, current climate, and potential future climate impacts. The assessments informed a risk analysis that identified Whatcom County’s most vulnerable sectors.

Related Organizations: Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, Model Forest Policy Program

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lindsay Taylor, Kayla Henson

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