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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 18 distinct InVEST models suited to terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems - and can be downloaded for free from NatCap's website.

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California AB-2139 Ocean Protection Council: Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia

September 14, 2016

Signed by California Governor Jerry Brown in September 2016, Assembly Bill 2139 created a task force to study the effects of ocean acidification and hypoxia, and to make recommendations to policymakers. The task force is designated to ensure that the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) decisions are supported by the best available science on ocean acidification and hypoxia, and to provide the Council strategies to address these impacts. Beginning January 1, 2018, and annually thereafter, at its first meeting of the year, the OPC is to adopt recommendations for further actions to address ocean acidification and hypoxia.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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USFS: Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the U.S.

January 2016

From the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), “Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the United States,” is a 200+ page report focusing on drought characterization; drought impacts on forest processes and disturbances such as insect outbreaks and wildfire; and consequences for forest and rangeland values.

Authors or Affiliated Users: James M. Vose, James S. Clark, Charlie H. Luce, Toral Patel-Weynand

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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.

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U.S. State Wildlife Action Plans, Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategies

In 2002 Congress began funding the State Wildlife Grants program with the intent to conserve wildlife in the U.S. and in particular to prevent new listings of endangered species under the provisions of the Endangered Species Act. The State Wildlife Grants program provides federal grant funds for developing and implementing programs that benefit wildlife and their habitats through annual appropriations to state wildlife agencies.

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