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Assessing the Vulnerability of Key Habitats in New York: A Foundation for Climate Adaptation Planning

2013

This report includes an evaluation of the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, and habitats of New York, and an overview of adaptation strategies. Developed by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the information produced through this project and included in this document will broadly inform the incorporation of climate change considerations into the revision of New York’s Wildlife Action Plan (WAP) which is slated for completion in 2015.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Christopher Hilke, Hector Galbraith

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services

December 18, 2012

This report was developed as technical input for the 2014 National Climate Assessment*, to synthesize the scientific understanding of the way climate change is affecting ecosystems, ecosystem services and the diversity of species, as well as what strategies might be used by natural resource practitioners to decrease current and future risks. More than 60 federal, academic and other scientists authored this impact assessment.

Related Organizations: University of Alaska Fairbanks, Arizona State University, National Wildlife Federation, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Michelle D. Staudinger, Nancy B. Grimm, Amanda Staudt, Shawn L. Carter, Stuart F. Chapin III, Peter Kareiva, Mary Ruckelshaus, Bruce A. Stein

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Best Practices for State Wildlife Action Plans - Voluntary Guidance to States for Revision and Implementation

November 2012

In 2005, Congress mandated that state fish and wildlife agencies develop State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs) that identified the species and habitats in greatest conservation need, key threats, and recommended actions - in order to receive federal funding through the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program. The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies prepared a report with guidance focused on integrating climate change adaptation planning into SWAPs in 2009 - Voluntary Guidance for States to Incorporate Climate Change into State Wildlife Action Plans and Other Management Plans.

Related Organizations: Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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National Park Service Climate Change Action Plan 2012 - 2014

November 2012

The National Park Service (NPS) Climate Change Action Plan provides guidance to help park managers and staff electively plan for and respond to current and future climate change effects on national park lands. Following on the Climate Change Response Strategy, released in 2010, the Action Plan articulates a set of high priority no-regrets actions the NPS is undertaking, or was committed to undertake, by 2014. 

Related Organizations: National Park Service (NPS)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Coastal and Inland Wetlands in the State of Michigan

September 2012

The Association of State Wetland Managers developed this white paper on climate change projections and adaptation recommendations for Michigan wetlands for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The report describes the natural capital offered by wetlands through ecological services, details the climate change impacts on these services, and offers strategies to use wetlands as tools for climate mitigation and adaptation.

Related Organizations: Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM), Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Ecosystem Assessment and Reporting Tool

August 9, 2012

The Ecosystem Assessment and Reporting (EAR) Tool provides standard ecoregional status measures in a GIS-based tool to integrate data across the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network Thematic Networks (TN). This tool seeks to maximize the information available in the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network Ecosystems and Protected Areas TNs, by providing conservation decision makers products for assessing the extent of ecosystems under effective conservation, offering direction on where to work and what actions may be needed to improve biodiversity conservation.

Related Organizations: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Arizona Wildlife Action Plan 2012-2022

May 16, 2012

Congress charged each state and territory with developing a Wildlife Action Plan in order to receive funds through the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program and the State Wildlife Grants Program. These proactive plans, known also as “Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategies,” assess the health of each state’s wildlife and habitats, identify the problems they face, and outline the actions that are needed to conserve them over the long term.

Related Organizations: Arizona Game and Fish Department

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Washington Stream Habitat Restoration Guidelines 2012 – Appendix A: Climate Change

April 2012

Washington’s 2012 Stream Habitat Restoration Guidelines, prepared for the Washington State Aquatic Habitat Guidelines Program, include a Climate Change Appendix that summarizes the science and impacts of climate change on stream habitat in Washington, and strategies for ensuring that stream habitat restoration efforts are designed to be resilient to climate change impacts. The purpose of the Guidelines is to promote process based natural stream restoration, rehabilitating aquatic and riparian ecosystems.

Related Organizations: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife , Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Puget Sound Partnership, Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Washington State Department of Ecology, Washington State Department of Transportation

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Publications of the Ecological Society of America

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) has over 10,000 members who conduct research, teach, and use ecological science to address environmental issues. The ESA develops a suite of publications, from peer-reviewed journals to newsletters, fact sheets and teaching resources. 'Publications of the ESA' disseminates the most significant results of ecological research. Approaches employed in these studies include: theoretical, modeling, analytical, experimental, observational, synthetic, historical, and descriptive approaches, including those of allied natural and social sciences.

Related Organizations: Ecological Society of America (ESA)

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Responding to Climate Change in National Forests: A Guidebook for Developing Adaptation Options

November 2011

Developed by the United States Forest Service (USFS), this guidebook summarizes current knowledge on climate change adaptation and provides science-based tools and processes to guide adaptation planning in national forests. Targeted towards resource managers and planners, the guidebook focuses on topics and approaches related to "climate-smart" resource management on federal lands.

Related Organizations: USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: David L. Peterson, Constance I. Millar, Linda A. Joyce, Michael J. Furniss, Jessica E. Halofsky, Ronald P. Neilson, Toni Lyn Morelli

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