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A Linkage Network for the California Deserts

February 2012

From the Science and Collaboration for Connected Wildlands and Northern Arizona University, this report presents the findings of a comprehensive, multi-jurisdictional habitat connectivity assessment for 44 focal species of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts in southern California. This study aimed to identify “least-cost” land corridors and linkages essential to maintain or restore in order to promote the adaptive capacity of species movement and ecological processes under changing climatic conditions.

Related Organizations: Northern Arizona University

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kristeen Penrod, Paul Beier, Emily Garding, Clint Cabanero

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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

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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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Adapting to Climate Change at Olympic National Forests: Olympic National Park

August 2011

From the US Forest Service (USFS) Pacific Northwest Research Station, this technical report details a case study determining how to adapt federal land management practices to climate change on the Olympic Peninsula. In collaboration with the Olympic National Park, the Olympic Climate Change Case Study was conducted at Olympic National Forest and involved sensitivity assessments, reviews of management activities and constraints, and focus-area adaptation workshops.

Related Organizations: National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Identifying Species in Pennsylvania Potentially Vulnerable to Climate Change

June 2011

From the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program, the goals of this project were to first compile a priority list of species occurring in Pennsylvania that are likely vulnerable to climate change, and to then examine the climate change vulnerability of species included in the priority list. The overall objective was to not only identify climate change vulnerable species but to also examine the abiotic factors and life history characteristics that contribute to their increased vulnerability.

Related Organizations: Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Adapting Conservation to a Changing Climate: An Update to the Illinois Wildlife Action Plan

May 11, 2011

The Update to the Illinois Wildlife Action Plan (WAP) was released in 2011 by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) in order to incorporate climate change considerations into the 2005 WAP.

Related Organizations: Illinois Department of Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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