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Forest-Climate Working Group

February 2009

The Forest-Climate Working Group (FCWG) is a broad and diverse coalition of forest stakeholders formed to develop consensus recommendations for U. S. forest components of federal climate legislation. The participants in the Forest-Climate Working Group — landowner, industry, conservation, wildlife, carbon finance, and forestry organizations — engaged in a year of facilitated consensus dialog to develop this policy platform. Their recommendations focus in three areas:  1) Offset Credits for Forest Carbon Activities; 2) Beyond Offsets - Incentive, Research, and Technical Assistance Programs; and 3) Forest Adaptation; which are detailed in this report.

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Ecological Impacts of Climate Change

2009

Developed by the National Academies of Sciences, this site links to the 28 page companion illustrated booklet of the full report from the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Ecological Impacts of Climate Change.

Related Organizations: National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences

Author or Affiliated User: Javier Saborio

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Rocky Mountain Research Station 2009 Climate Change Research Strategy

2009

Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) scientists are studying climate as it influences plants, animals, ecosystems, disturbance patterns, and social and economic systems. This research supports land management and planning needs for addressing climate change. The purpose of this document is to provide RMRS employees, partners, and clients with a sense of the Station’s niche, capabilities, and role in climate change research and science delivery.

Related Organizations: USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station

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Climate Change and Potential Impacts to Wildlife in Tennessee

2009

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: Tennessee Wildife Resources Agency

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USFS Climate Change Response Framework

2009

The Climate Change Response Framework (CCRF) was established in 2009 led by the U. S. Forest Service (USFS)’s Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science. The Framework is intended to help forest and natural resource managers and landowners integrate climate change into natural resource management by utilizing climate science with the on-the-ground management of climate impacts.  The six established projects of the Framework cover 19 states and span 14 national forests. The “ecoregions" encompassed include the Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwoods, and Urban.

Related Organizations: Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

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Synthesis and Assessment Product (SAP) 4.2: Thresholds of Climate Change in Ecosystems

January 2009

This report is one in a series of 21 Synthesis and Assessment Products (SAPs) produced between 2004 and 2009 by the U. S. Climate Change Science Program, aimed at providing current assessments of climate change science in the U. S. to inform public debate, policy, and operational decisions. This SAP reviews threshold changes in North American ecosystems that are potentially induced by climate change and addresses the significant challenges these threshold crossings impose on resource and land managers.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Daniel B. Fagre, Collen W. Charles, Craig D. Allen, Charles Birkeland, Stuart F. Chapin III, Peter M. Groffman, David A. McGuire, Patrick J. Mulholland, Debra P.C. Peters, Daniel D. Roby

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Stormy Seas: Land Trusts Navigate the Uncertainties Surrounding Climate Change

2009

This three-page article reviews the ways that climate change mitigation activities and adaptation strategies may connect to the core work of land trusts - particularly land acquisition and stewardship. This paper provides a basic framework that land trusts can use to decide whether they might integrate climate considerations into their activities and general guidelines in order to do so. .

Related Organizations: Land Trust Alliance

Author or Affiliated User: Brad Gentry

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Beyond Season's End: A Path Forward for Fish and Wildlife in the Era of Climate Change

2009

Seasons End: Global Warming's Threat to Hunting and Fishing (see separate entry)  described the impacts of climate change to coldwater fisheries, big game, upland birds, and waterfowl. A year later, this book, Beyond Seasons' End, was released to explain what can be done to protect fish and wildlife populations and sporting traditions under changing climate conditions. It presents ideas from fish and wildlife professionals about actions that the human community can take to assist the wild community adapting to climate change.

Related Organizations: Trout Unlimited, Coastal Conservation Association, Ducks Unlimited, Bipartisan Policy Center, BASS/ESPN Outdoors, Izaac Walton League of America, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), American Sportfishing Association, Pheasants Forever Inc., Boone and Crockett Club

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A Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Biodiversity in New Mexico

December 4, 2008

The New Mexico Climate Change Adaptation Project of the Nature Conservancy produced this vulnerability assessment in two parts: Part I - "Implications of Recent Climate Change on Conservation Priorities in New Mexico" and Part II - "Conservation Implications of Emerging Moisture Stress due to Recent Climate Changes in New Mexico." Part one is a state-wide assessment of the climate change vulnerability of priority habitats and wildlife species.

Related Organizations: University of Washington, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Carolyn A. F. Enquist, David F. Gori

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Strategies for Managing the Effects of Climate Change on Wildlife and Ecosystems

November 4, 2008

Published by the Heinz Center, this report provides a review of scientific literature on climate change adaptation as it relates to biodiversity conservation and wildlife management, and assesses climate change adaptation plans developed in the U.S.A., Canada, England, México, and South Africa.

Related Organizations: The Heinz Center

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