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Maryland Forest Preservation Act of 2013

October 1, 2013

In April 2013, the Maryland General Assembly passed the Forest Preservation Act of 2013 (HB 706, approved by Governor Martin O’Malley on May 2, 2013 and effective October 1, 2013), which seeks to stop forest loss in the state and maintain the state’s existing 40 percent tree canopy cover by instituting a “No Net Forest Loss” policy. Instead of using regulations or maintenance requirements to prevent forest loss, the Act utilizes new and modified incentives for private landowners to conserve and preserve forestland.

Related Organizations: State of Maryland

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New Hampshire Ecosystems and Wildlife Climate Change Adaptation Plan

October 2013

This 2013 Adaptation Plan from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (NHFG) is an amendment to New Hampshire’s 2005 Wildlife Action Plan (WAP), which even then acknowledged climate change as a primary challenge for the state’s ecosystems and wildlife.

Related Organizations: New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Shifting Skies: Migratory Birds in a Warming World

June 18, 2013

Shifting Skies: Migratory Birds in a Warming World details how a warming climate could lead to a decline in some bird populations and even some extinction if action is not taken to curb GHG emissions and adopt “climate-smart” conservation strategies. Recommendations are provided on how to address climate impacts on wildlife by reducing carbon pollution, and for safeguarding species from the current and future impacts of climate change.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

Author or Affiliated User: Doug Inkley

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Climate Change Adaptation Framework

May 31, 2013

This report from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) addresses climate change impacts on four natural resource sectors including wildlife, fisheries, forestry, and water resources.  After detailing climate impacts on each sector, a strategic climate adaptation framework is proposed for continued climate change vulnerability assessment and action planning.

Related Organizations: Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

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National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy

March 26, 2013

Founded on an agreement among major conservation interests (e. g. local governments, states, tribes, conservation organizations, federal agencies, and private landowners), the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy is an integrated, coordinated, and comprehensive response to the threats of climate change. This multi-partner strategy outlines a unified approach to maintaining the key terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems needed to sustain fish, wildlife and plant resources and the services they provide in the face of accelerating climate change.

Related Organizations: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), New York Division of Fish, Wildlife, and Marine Resources, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Nevada Wildlife Action Plan

March 1, 2013

Developed by the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), Nevada’s State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) revision was published in 2013. The revision was completed to incorporate the potential impacts of emerging and expanding stressors - including climate change - on the state’s fish and wildlife species, and habitats in greatest need of conservation.

Related Organizations: Nevada Department of Wildlife

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Wildlife in a Warming World: Confronting the Climate Crisis

January 30, 2013

From the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Wildlife in a Warming World examines case studies from across the country illustrating how climate change is altering wildlife habitats and contributing to population declines. Recommendations are made to protect both wildlife and communities in various ecosystems from the impacts of climate change, such as extreme weather, sea level rise and wildfires.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Amanda Staudt, Corey Shott, Douglass B. Inkley, Isabel Ricker

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Virginia's Climate Modeling and Species Vulnerability Assessment: How Climate Data Can Inform Management and Conservation

2013

This project developed models of select fish, wildlife and tree species distributions in Virginia under multiple climate change scenarios, and produced a species vulnerability assessment for the state. The assessment is intended to help decision makers better understand how climate change will likely affect sensitive species and habitats in Virginia. The project was funded by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) through a State Wildlife Grant, and by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and was supported by research from the Conservation Management Institute at Virginia Tech.

Related Organizations: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Conservation Management Institute, Virginia Tech, National Wildlife Federation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Austin Kane, Chris Burkett, Scott Klopfer, Jacob Sewall

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U.S. DOI Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program

2013

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program is supporting projects that reduce communities’ vulnerability to the growing risks from coastal storms, sea level rise, flooding, erosion and associated threats through strengthening natural ecosystems that also benefit fish and wildlife. The program is funded by the 2013 Hurricane Disaster Relief Appropriations Act.

Related Organizations: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

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Estimating and Forecasting Ecosystem Services within Pine Island Sound, Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, North Captiva Island, Cayo Costa Island, Useppa Island, Other Islands of the Sound, and the Nearshore Gulf of Mexico

2013

This study identified the range and quantity of ecosystem services within the Pine Island Sound region. Pine Island Sound is located in Lee County, Florida, lying between Pine Island and the barrier islands of Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, North Captiva Island and Cayo Costa, which separate the Sound from the Gulf of Mexico.

Related Organizations: Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council

Authors or Affiliated Users: James Beever, Tim Walker

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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