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Voluntary Guidance for States to Incorporate Climate Change into State Wildlife Action Plans & Other Management Plans

The Climate Change Wildlife Action Plan Guidance Document provides voluntary guidance for state fish and wildlife agencies wanting to better incorporate the impacts of climate change on wildlife and their habitats into Wildlife Action Plans. The approaches and techniques described in this document will also be useful in modifying other wildlife plans (e.g. big game/upland game/migratory bird plans, joint venture implementation plans, national fish habitat action plan, etc.) to address climate change.

National MPA Center Strategic Plan 2010 – 2015

The MPA Center Strategic Plan was revised in 2009 to more accurately reflect the organization’s evolving structure and priorities, with a greater emphasis on further developing the national system of MPAs and its operational capabilities. The plan also includes special interest areas of importance to the design and implementation of the national system over the next five year planning cycle.

Health Problems Heat Up: Climate Change and the Public's Health

In this issue brief, Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) examines the human health effects of climate change and the role public health authorities must play in preventing and preparing for further climate-related damage. We also explore the needs of state and local health departments as they set out to conduct climate change needs assessments and develop strategic plans to prevent and prepare for climate change. Finally, TFAH recommends increased  action from federal, state, and local government to protect the nation from the harmful effects of climate change.

Assisted Colonization Under the U.S. Endangered Species Act

Assisted colonization could help prevent the extinction of threatened and endangered species by intentionally moving a species to a region where it has not occurred in the recent past, but should survive under future climate scenarios. Where species are naturally localized and confined to patchy habitats, assisted colonization might be the only means for population dispersal across human landscape barriers such as urban and agriculture areas. The major risk associated with assisted colonization is introducing ecologically harmful species.

Stormy Seas: Land Trusts Navigate The Uncertainties Surrounding Climate Change

How might land trusts get their arms around climate change? A huge, global issue, climate change is fraught with political, scientific, economic and other uncertainties over long periods of time. Yet, more land trusts are feeling the need to engage on climate matters—both in response to threats to their work, as well as opportunities to enhance it.

Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States

This report summarizes the science of climate change and the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. It is largely based on results of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), and integrates those results with related research from around the world. This report discusses climate-related impacts for various societal and environmental sectors and regions across the nation. It is an authoritative scientific report written in plain language, with the goal of better informing public and private decision making at all levels.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Adaptation

In this report, we evaluate adaptation issues for natural ecosystems. We will specifically focus on the interactions with the abiotic environment of plants and animals, along with other organisms with which they interact (e.g., disease‐causing bacteria and viruses). We further limit ourselves to natural ecosystems in which the predominant vegetation has developed without having been planted, irrigated, or fertilized. Most of the natural lands in the United States are managed by federal or state governments.

Emerging Climate Change Impacts on Freshwater Resources A Perspective on Transformed Watersheds

This review focuses first on types of socioeconomic and biotic adaptations. Many individuals, public agencies, and nongovernmental organizations are discovering ways to protect biodiversity and sustain natural ecological processes. Five case studies are highlighted to illustrate some of these alternative adaptive responses to climatic changes at local and regional scales. These approaches could be modified for use in other locations.