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Living Shorelines: From Barriers to Opportunities

June 18, 2015

A report from Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE), “Living Shorelines: From Barriers to Opportunities,” provides a national assessment of institutional barriers that are preventing broader use of living shorelines, and gives recommendations and strategies for progress. 

Related Organizations: Restore America’s Estuaries

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program (U.S. DOI)

June 16, 2015

The U. S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is directing the Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program. The FY 2015 President's Budget request included funding to establish a new "Resilient Landscapes" activity to improve the integrity and resilience of forests and rangelands by restoring natural vegetation landscapes to specific conditions and maintain fire resiliency. Subsequently, as a pilot initiative, Congress provided $10 million in the FY2015 Fuels Management program to fund resilient landscape activities.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Park Service (NPS)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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California LCC Climate-Smart Conservation Funding

June 2015

The California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) Steering Committee has approved 2015 funding for three "climate-smart" ecosystem process projects totaling $360,000. The focus for FY 2015 funding is to support increased understanding of the impacts of changing hydrologic regimes and processes on species, habitats, and ecosystems that will lead to development of Climate-Smart Conservation actions by natural resource managers.

Related Organizations: Department of the Interior (DOI): California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for the North-central California Coast and Ocean

May 2015

From the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this vulnerability assessment is a science-based effort to identify how and why focal resources - including habitats, species, and ecosystem services - across the North-central California coast and ocean region are likely to be affected by future climate conditions.

Related Organizations: Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, Department of the Interior (DOI): California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Sara Hutto, S.V Hutto, K.D. Higgason, J.M. Kershner, W.A. Reynier, D.S. Gregg

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Creating and Maintaining Resilient Forests in Vermont: Adapting Forests to Climate Change

May 2015

The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation assessed the impacts of climate change on forests throughout the state, and developed the state’s first guide to forest adaptation. The report provides forest practitioners with a comprehensive review of adaptation strategies for current and projected climate change, as well as many policy-level strategies have been included in recognition of the connections between statewide policy and forest management.

Related Organizations: Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

Authors or Affiliated Users: James Horton, Matthew Langlais, Timothy Morton, David Paganelli, Nancy Patch, Sandra Wilmot

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Ecological Implications of Climate Change on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

April 9, 2015

Yellowstone Science is a publication devoted to Yellowstone's natural and cultural resources - that features research on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). This issue of Yellowstone Science is dedicated to climate change research in the park and surrounding area, and relays current findings of regional impacts due to changes in climate.

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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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

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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NOAA Coral Reef Watch

1998

NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch (CRW) is a decision support system providing resource managers, researchers, and other stakeholders with information on coral reef threats, primarily from climate change, to inform preparedness and response decisions. CRW uses remote sensing, modeled, and in situ biogeophysical data to offer near real-time and long-term monitoring, modeling, and reporting of conditions affecting coral reef ecosystems, especially related to coral bleaching. The information provided by the Coral Reef Watch program serves as an early warning system for coral reef changes as well as projected outlooks of coral bleaching heat stress.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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