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Vermont Adaptation White Papers

April 2011

This compilation of nine white papers includes an introduction to the climate science and impacts relevant to Vermont and eight sector-specific reports in the areas of Agriculture, Water Resources, Recreation, Forestry, Public Health, Public Safety, Fish and Wildlife, and Transportation.   Each sector report provides an overview of the climate impacts and vulnerabilities facing that sector, what programs are already in place to address those challenges, prospective adaptation strategies, and policy recommendations.

Related Organizations: Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans)

Author or Affiliated User: Kari Dolan

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland's Vulnerability to Climate Change - Phase II: Building societal, economic, and ecological resilience

January 2011

The Maryland Commission on Climate Change released its Phase II Strategy for Reducing Maryland’s Vulnerability to Climate Change on January 24, 2011. The report outlines strategies to reduce Maryland's vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, increased temperature and changes in precipitation within the following sectors: Human Health; Agriculture; Forest and Terrestrial Ecosystems; Bay and Aquatic Environments; Water Resources; and Population Growth and Infrastructure.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Maryland Commission on Climate Change, Integration and Application Network, University of Maryland

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework

2011

To address climate change impacts on northern Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin forests, the ‘Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework’ was established in 2011. The project has involved more than 40 scientists and natural resource professionals collaborating to assess the vulnerability of forest ecosystems to climate change – developing the Framework for resource management, conservation, and collaboration in adaptation planning. 

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Clearwater River Subbasin Climate Change Adaptation Plan

December 30, 2011

The Nez Perce Tribe Water Resources Division (NPTWRD) developed this adaptation plan to increase awareness around climate change issues in the Clearwater River Subbasin. Home to the Nez Perce,  the Subbasin covers just over 9,000 square miles in Idaho that includes a mix of federal, state, tribal and privately-owned land. Historically hunter-gatherers, the Tribe’s connection to the land is reflected today through dependence on industries such as agriculture, timber production, and tourism and recreation.

Related Organizations: Nez Perce Tribe, Cumberland River Compact, Model Forest Policy Program

Authors or Affiliated Users: Ken Clark, Jenifer Harris

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Transforming the Means and Ends of Natural Resource Management

2011

This article, from the North Carolina Law Review, addresses limitations of existing regulatory systems to manage the effects of climate change on natural resources in the United States. The Article explores the implications of continuing to rely on conventionally static and fragmented decision making, passive management, and historical preservation when global climatic shifts are widely expected to lead to rapid changes in ecological systems that are unforeseen, novel, and potentially detrimental to ecological diversity and function.

Related Organizations: North Carolina Law Review

Author or Affiliated User: Alejandro E. Camacho

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Managing Changing Landscapes in the Southwestern United States

January 2011

This regional assessment examines the impacts of temperature change from 1951-2006 on natural resources in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. It documents that warming has already affected habitats, watersheds, and species of conservation concern in the Southwest, by influencing the timing of seasonal events or amplifying the impacts of natural disturbances such as wildfire and drought.

Related Organizations: Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) - RISA, University of Washington, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Marcos Robles, Carolyn Enquist

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Forest and Water Climate Adaptation: A Plan for Whatcom County, Washington

December 2010

The Model Forest Policy Program, the Cumberland River Compact, and the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) developed a Climate Adaptation Plan for Whatcom County, Washington, with a focus on resiliency and adaptability of ecosystems in the county and Nooksack River basin. Assessments were conducted on the county’s water, forest, and economic resources, current climate, and potential future climate impacts. The assessments informed a risk analysis that identified Whatcom County’s most vulnerable sectors.

Related Organizations: Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, Model Forest Policy Program

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lindsay Taylor, Kayla Henson

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Preparing for the Effects of Climate Change - A Strategy for California

November 2010

California's 2009 Climate Change Adaptation Strategy called for an independent, non-partisan group of private citizens to act as an adaptation advisory panel to the state. On December 2, 2009, then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that the Pacific Council’s Task Force on California’s Adaptation to Climate Change would act as the Climate Adaptation Advisory Panel to California. The purpose of the Panel, as called for in the state's Strategy, is to identify the most significant threats facing California as a result of climate change, and to make recommendations to reduce the state's vulnerability to those threats.

Related Organizations: California Adaptation Advisory Panel, Pacific Council on International Policy, State of California

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Integrated Climate Change Adaptation Planning in San Luis Obispo County, California

November 2010

This report presents climate adaptation strategies for San Luis Obispo County (SLO) with a focus on increasing the resilience of both human and natural communities. The report reflects the collective efforts of many people in SLO, including elected leaders, county planners, land managers, public health officials, concerned citizens, and others who attended four workshops in 2009 - 2010.   These meetings were held to discuss the threat of climate change to the community and establish some initial strategies to reduce vulnerability.

Related Organizations: Local Government Commission (LGC), Geos Institute

Authors or Affiliated Users: Marni E. Koopman, Kate Meis, Judy Corbett

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Change and Federal Land Management - A Comparison of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFS), National Park Service (NPS), and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Climate Change Strategies

November 2010

Developed by the Defenders of Wildlife, this report examines the strategies for responding to climate change from three major federal land management agencies - the USDA Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service. It compares and contrasts the goals, objectives and actions proposed by these plans in an effort to offer guidance to other organizations developing strategies, and to foster cooperation between agencies.

Related Organizations: Defenders of Wildlife

Authors or Affiliated Users: Aimee Delach, Noah Matson

Resource Category: Planning

 

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