North Rim Ranches Climate Change Adaptation Plan

Created: 1/12/2017 - Updated: 3/02/2020


We present a landscape-scale climate change adaptation plan that characterizes climate vulnerability and provides a foundation for adaptation action on the North Rim Ranches, a 3,360-km2 (830,000-acre) landscape of significant ecological and cultural importance on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The extent of the North Rim Ranches is defined by the livestock grazing permits held by the Grand Canyon Trust (the Trust) for allotments on public lands managed by the North Kaibab Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Arizona Strip District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Since 2005, the Trust has been the livestock grazing permittee on the North Rim Ranches and, over the last decade, has led efforts to strengthen ecosystem health through conservation-oriented livestock management and collaborative science and restoration. Climate changes such as increased risks of prolonged drought and unnaturally severe wildfire present additional challenges to the balancing of conservation objectives with livestock management, as adverse livestock grazing practices can amplify impacts to the landscape. Adaptation actions can minimize the impacts of a changing climate and support resilient responses to current and future conditions across the landscape. This plan focuses on climate change concerns, action recommendations, and implementation opportunities for climate adaptation across the North Rim Ranches.


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Hoglander, C. 2017. North Rim Ranches Climate Change Adaptation Plan. Project summary from the Grand Canyon Trust. Retrieved from CAKE:

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The mission of the Grand Canyon Trust is to protect and restore the Colorado Plateau — its spectacular landscapes, flowing rivers, clean air, diversity of plants and animals, and areas of beauty and solitude.


We work toward creating a region where generations of people and all of nature can thrive in harmony. Our vision for the Colorado Plateau 100 years from now has three key facets:

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