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Adapting Forests to Climate Change

April 5, 2017

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) has produced a 13-page peer-reviewed paper that outlines adaptation strategies that California land owners can take to sustain their forests' value while facing climate change impacts. The report provides specific recommendations for care of three common types of forest from across California, including: Mixed Conifer, Oak Woodlands, and Coastal Redwood Forests. The focal climate impacts addressed are Fire, Moisture Stress, and Insects and Disease, which are detailed for each forest type - along with some indicators of adaptability.

Related Organizations: University of California - Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Adrienne Marshall, Susie Kocher, Amber Kerr, Peter Stine

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Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Policy 5408: Addressing the Risks of Climate Change

March 10, 2017

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) established a policy in March of 2017 stating that WDFW will manage its operations and assets so as to better understand, mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The policy provides guidance for managing risks to agency investments due to climate impacts, such as upgrades to agency infrastructure to be more climate ready, and investing in land acquisitions that support ecosystem resilience. WDFW states that this policy demonstrates their leadership on the issue of climate change - specifically as they are integrating the science necessary to understand climate risks, proactively responding to those risks, and reducing their own carbon footprint.

Related Organizations: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

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Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification Program

2017

The Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) Certification Program is a voluntary credential for professionals who design, install and maintain sustainable landscapes in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The goal of the certification program is to certify professionals throughout the watershed who can maintain conservation landscapes that help reduce stormwater runoff, in turn benefiting local residents and ecosystems.

Related Organizations: Wetlands Watch, Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council, University of Maryland, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Maryland Sea Grant

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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USFWS Polar Bear Conservation Management Plan

January 9, 2017

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Polar Bear Conservation Management Plan was developed as a guide to polar bear conservation in the U. S. , and calls for decisive action to address Arctic warming and protect polar bears from the impacts of climate change. This plan outlines conservation and adaptation strategies for the USFWS and agency partners to support the recovery of polar bears, while articulating the need to lower greenhouse gas levels to ultimately protect the survival of the species.

Related Organizations: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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USFWS National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program

January 5, 2017

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program annually provides grants of up to $1 million to coastal and Great Lakes states, as well as U. S. territories to protect, restore and enhance coastal wetland ecosystems and associated uplands, providing long-term conservation benefits to fish and wildlife and their habitats. Over $17 million in total will be awarded by the USFWS to 20 projects in 10 coastal states to protect, restore or enhance more than 13,000 acres of coastal wetlands and adjacent upland habitats under the program.

Related Organizations: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

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Minnesota Sentinel Lakes Program

The Section of Fisheries of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is leading a statewide collaborative effort to develop a system to monitor and record biological and chemical changes that occur in a sample of lakes that are representative of the state’s most common lakes. The program is designed to understand and predict the consequences of land use and climate change on lake habitats. This research builds off of the Sustaining Lakes in a Changing Environment program, or SLICE, that began in 2008.

Related Organizations: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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2016 Report on the Health of Colorado’s Forests: Fire and Water

January 2017

The 2016 Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) report provides information on the health of Colorado’s 24. 4 million acres of forested land framed by the role that fire and water play in the state’s forest ecosystems. The report also details the impact of insects and diseases, especially the mountain pine beetle epidemic, which has killed over 3 million acres in the state and fueled an increase in forest fires. The CSFS recognizes that these risks, including increasingly severe wildfires, drought and insect infestations are likely to be amplified by climate change in the future.

Related Organizations: Colorado State Forest Service

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Wildlife Conservation Society Climate Adaptation Fund

2017

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Climate Adaptation Fund is a program to support projects that demonstrate effective interventions for wildlife adaptation to climate change. With funding provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and managed by the Wildlife Conservation WCS, the WCS Climate Adaptation Fund provided its first $2 million in competitive grants in its first year of grant-making in 2011, and in each year to follow.  The Fund now provides a total of $2. 5 million in grant awards between $50,000 and $250,000 to conservation non-profit organizations each year.

Related Organizations: Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

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Climate Change Adaptation Demonstration: Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Twentymile Creek and Marengo River Watersheds

2012 - 2017

An adaptation demonstration project was undertaken by the US Forest Service’s Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIAC), the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF), and the Shared Landscapes Initiative, which included several watershed restoration activities underway in northern Wisconsin. The applied adaptation and restoration measures are being evaluated for their ability to increase watershed resilience to changing conditions due to climate.

Related Organizations: Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS)

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Executive Order: Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience

December 9, 2016

President Obama’s Executive Order establishes the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area in response to requests from the native coastal tribes in this region for the Federal Government to take action to protect the health of the marine ecosystems, while maintaining sustainable fishing and economic development opportunities. The subsistence practices of these communities, along with inter-related marine ecosystem stability are threatened by warming ocean temperatures, sea ice loss,  sea level rise, increasing maritime traffic, and oil and gas leasing.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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