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Managing Climate Change Refugia for Climate Adaptation

August 10, 2016

Supported by the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CALCC) and the Southwest Climate Science Center, the study "Managing Climate Change Refugia for Climate Adaptation” provides specific steps to help identify and manage climate refugia - or resilient and climate-stable havens for plants, animals, and fishes.   Climate change refugia, here defined as “areas relatively buffered from contemporary climate change over time that enable persistence of valued physical, ecological, and socio-cultural resources” - need to be identified, managed, and conserved for at-risk species.

Related Organizations: Department of the Interior (DOI): California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Natural Capital Project: InVEST - Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Trade-offs modeling tools

The Natural Capital Project (NatCap) offers software tools that quantify, map, and value services provided by nature, including “InVEST” - Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Trade-offs - which is a suite of software models used to map and value ecosystem services. The toolset currently includes sixteen distinct InVEST models suited to terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems - and can be downloaded for free from NatCap's website.

Related Organizations: Natural Capital Project

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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First Order Fire Effects Model (FOFEM)

July 2016

This is a model that can be used to predict first-order fire effects, or the immediate consequences of a fire, for both prescribed burning and wildfires. This tool is designed to help land managers assess fire impacts and severity, plan effective and useful prescribed fires, and for other uses. The metrics used to determine consequences are tree mortality, fuel consumption, emissions/smoke production, and soil heating. From an adaptation perspective, this tool may be useful to support forest impact assessments pertaining to wildfires.

Related Organizations: U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Oregon Conservation Strategy - State Wildlife Action Plan, 2016 Update

2016

Originally published in 2006, the Oregon Conservation Strategy was updated in 2012 and 2016, and is the official State Wildlife Action Plan for Oregon. The Strategy is a plan for the long-term conservation of Oregon’s fish and wildlife, and presents non-regulatory recommended actions and tools for state agents, and the general public. The Key Conservation Issues identified include climate change, and the plan offers a number of goals and actions in support of wildlife adaptation to climate impacts in Oregon.

Related Organizations: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Resource Category: Planning

 

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New Hampshire SB 376-FN: An Act relative to wildlife corridors

June 10, 2016

New Hampshire Senate Bill 376-FN requires the Fish and Game Department to identify existing and needed wildlife corridors connecting wildlife habitats in the state, and to make recommendations for legislative changes. SB 376 is designed to help improve wildlife corridors and thereby support wildlife resilience in light of climate change and development pressures.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Puyallup Tribe Climate Change Impact Assessment and Adaptation Options

2016

The Pullayup Tribe of Indians, from the Puget Sound area of Washington State, have completed a climate impact assessment and adaptation strategy for the natural resources in the area on which they depend. This report combines the latest climate knowledge for the region with input from Tribal staff and members, and presents primary projected climate impacts for the Tribe and surrounding ecosystems, as well as strategic actions to build climate resilience. 

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Maryland State Wildlife Action Plan (2015-2025)

June 2016

Maryland’s State Wildlife Action Plan identifies conservation priorities for wildlife and their habitats across the state. The 2015 SWAP dedicates an entire chapter to new information on climate change impacts and the vulnerability of Maryland’s key wildlife and habitats.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Resource Category: Planning

 

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California State Wildlife Action Plan 2015 Update

February 2016

California’s 2015 State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP 2015) is a comprehensive, statewide plan for conserving the state’s fish and wildlife and their natural habitats. The Plan identifies and prioritizes at-risk species and habitats across the state, and provides conservation strategies to help protect and conserve these species. The first update of California’s 2005 SWAP integrates climate change impacts and adaptation planning. The updated SWAP analyzes the impacts of climate change on ecosystems, uses climate change vulnerability as a criterion for the most vulnerable target species, and offers conservation strategies that address impacts of climate change.

Related Organizations: California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Resource Category: Planning

 

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NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy Regional Action Plans

December 2016

NOAA Fisheries and its partners have developed six Regional Action Plans to guide implementation of the NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy for each region (Northeast, Southeast, Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, Western, Pacific Islands).  The regional plans identify the priority actions that NOAA Fisheries and affiliated agencies plan to take over the next five years to implement the seven objectives of the Strategy. The actions are focused on tracking changing conditions including climate impacts, and identifying the best strategies to reduce impacts and sustain marine resources.

Related Organizations: NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Future San Francisco Bay Tidal Marshes: A Climate‐Smart Planning Tool

Point Blue Conservation Science has developed a mapping tool for the San Francisco Bay Estuary that generates projections for sea level rise, marsh elevations and bird distributions.

Related Organizations: Point Blue Conservation Science (PRBO)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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