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Central Appalachians Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis: A Report from the Central Appalachians Climate Change Response Framework Project

February 2015

Led by the U. S. Forest Service (USFS)’s Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, this assessment evaluates the climate change vulnerability of forested ecosystems covering 18. 9 million acres in the Central Appalachian Broadleaf Forest-Coniferous Forest-Meadow and Eastern Broadleaf Forest Provinces of Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland. Designed to be a resource for forest managers, the report summarizes the current state of forests in the region including threats and management trends, projected climate impacts, and the results of a climate vulnerability assessment of local tree species and forest ecosystems.

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

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Michigan State Wildlife Action Plan (2015-2025)

2015

Michigan’s Wildlife Action Plan identifies the species of greatest conservation need (SGCN) and their habitats in Michigan. A subset of SGCN were prioritized, and the report includes “mini-plans” for the habitats of these focal species - which include critical threats, conservation actions, and the vulnerability to climate change for each species. For 2015-2025, Michigan will focus conservation efforts on these priority SGCN and key habitats with the goals established in this plan.

Related Organizations: Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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System for Assessing Vulnerability of Species (SAVS) Climate Change Tool

2011

Ecologists and biologists from the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) developed a System for Assessing Vulnerability of Species (SAVS) to climate change as a tool for natural resource and wildlife managers to quantify the impacts of expected climate change on terrestrial vertebrates and inform species conservation and management planning. The SAVS climate change tool ranks species in the order of their relative vulnerability or resilience based on species data and expected changes in temperature, precipitation, and vegetation.

Related Organizations: USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station

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Priority Agenda: Enhancing the Climate Resilience of America's Natural Resources

October 2014

The Climate and Natural Resources Working Group (CNRWG) of the U.S. Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience developed this Priority Agenda in response to the direction of Executive Order 13653 “Preparing the U.S. for the Impacts of Climate Change” and in coordination with the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Audubon Birds and Climate Change Report

September 8, 2014

This report from the National Audubon Society presents the results of a seven year scientific study predicting the potential impact of climate change on 588 North American bird species. Based on four decades of bird census data, this is the broadest and most detailed study of its kind, and according to Audubon, “it’s the closest thing we have to a field guide to the future of North American birds.”

Related Organizations: National Audubon Society

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Rocky Mountain Forests at Risk: Confronting Climate-driven Impacts from Insects, Wildfires, Heat and Drought

September 2014

This report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization documents the latest evidence on how climate change is already disrupting the forests of the Rocky Mountain region and what scientists project for the decades ahead - and suggests how to best address these challenges.

Related Organizations: Rocky Mountain Climate Organization, Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

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Ticked Off: America's Outdoor Experience and Climate Change

August 19, 2014

"Ticked Off " was produced by the National Wildlife Federation to detail how certain species of plants or animals are being directly impacted by climate change, as well as how those species in turn affect their ecosystems, and us. 

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

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Being Prepared for Climate Change: EPA Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans

August 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Workbook for climate adaptation planning presents a risk management methodology with step-by-step guidance on building a climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation action plan. The guidance provides decision-support tools for conducting vulnerability assessments at a watershed scale, and will help environmental managers to establish climate change adaptation priorities and strategies to prepare a risk-based adaptation plan.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice

May 2014

Developed by an expert workgroup of federal, state and non-governmental climate adaptation leaders, "Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaption Principles into Practice" examines how climate change is affecting the nation's wildlife and habitats, and addresses how natural resource managers can incorporate climate change considerations into their work. The guide offers practical steps for planning conservation to enhance the resilience of wildlife and ecosystems facing climate change, and offers a “common-sense approach” to adaptation planning and implementation.

Related Organizations: National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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State of the Forest 2014 Report: Roaring Fork Watershed, Colorado

April 3, 2014

From the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), the 2014 State of the Forest Report presents an in-depth look at the health of regional forests, including climatic factors and insect and disease infestations currently impacting local forests. This graphically-rich magazine style report is intended to help inform policy that promotes managing for healthy forests by federal, state, and local governments as well as NGOs and private citizens living in and around the wildland-urban interface.

Related Organizations: Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) - Colorado

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