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

February 2014

This report was prepared by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Central Hardwoods Climate Change Response Framework Project in conjunction with the Northern Research Station of the U. S. Forest Service (USFS). Assessing the ecosystem vulnerability to climate change of nine natural community types in the Central Hardwoods Region, the document uses forest model projections and projections for wildfires, invasive species, and diseases. This assessment evaluates the vulnerability of terrestrial ecosystems in the Central Hardwoods Region of Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri to a range of future climates.

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

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Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Focal Resources of the Sierra Nevada, California

February 2014

In collaboration with the U. S. Forest Service and California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CA LCC), EcoAdapt has identified a suite of priority climate change adaptation strategies for focal ecosystems and wildlife species of the Sierra Nevada region of California including: Alpine and Subalpine Systems, Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs, Yellow Pine/Mixed Conifer Systems, Red Fir Systems and Marten, Wet Meadows and Fens, and Oak Woodlands. After a vulnerability assessment process, draft implementation plans were developed for each of the focal resources, incorporating the priority adaptation actions.

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

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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A Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Focal Resources of the Sierra Nevada

February 2014

In collaboration with the U. S. Forest Service and the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CA LCC), EcoAdapt brought together 30 experts to conduct climate change vulnerability assessments on 27 focal resources (including ecosystems, species populations, and ecosystem services) across the Sierra Nevada region of California and Nevada. The results from this assessment are intended to help resource managers and stakeholders develop and prioritize adaptation strategies to conserve these resources as climate change impacts the region.

Related Organizations: EcoAdapt, Department of the Interior (DOI): California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

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NOAA Coral Reef Climate Change Strategy and Implementation Plan 2014-2016

2014

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Change Strategy and Implementation Plan refines and builds upon NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program Goals and Objectives 2010-2015 to direct Program investments in reducing the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification to coral reef ecosystems. This Plan will be used by the Program to draft internal proposals, requests for federal funding, and evaluate received proposals. The Plan will guide the Program's efforts to aid coral reef managers and dependent communities.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Taking Action: A Progress Report on the National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy

2014

The National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy is a framework to support adaptation and conservation of the country’s natural communities over the next five to 10 years (from 2013), based on climate change projections for the next century. The multi-partner strategy outlines a unified approach to maintaining the key terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems needed to sustain fish, wildlife and plant resources under the accelerating impacts of climate change.  This Taking Action progress report describes 50 projects that demonstrate implementation of a variety of actions recommended by the Strategy.

Related Organizations: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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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

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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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