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Adaptation Action Plan For Springs Ecosystems in the Sky Island Region

Created: 11/21/2014 - Updated: 8/09/2019


The Underlying goal for the Springs Ecosystems Working Group and Adaptation Action Plan is to maintain
and improve spring integrity.

The primary mechanisms for achieving this goal were identified to be:

  • Aquatic species management/restoration
  • Terrestrial species management/restoration
  • Selected grazing
  • Sustainable use/flow management (Quantity)
  • Invasive species control
  • Transborder management of springs
  • Connectivity
  • Fire management
  • Prioritization of springs based on climate vulnerability and resilience (underway by Springs Stewardship Institute)

Published On

Monday, July 15, 2013


Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Flow patterns
Habitat extent
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Develop / implement adaptation plans
Climate Type: 
Sociopolitical Setting: 

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Springs in the Sky Island Region: Inventory, Protection and Restoration

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Case Study

Springs are keystone ecosystems in the Sky Island Region, exert disproportionate influence on surrounding landscapes, and are known to be biodiversity hotspots. Although they are abundant in this arid region, they are poorly documented and little studied. They also suffer from extensive human modification and are among the most threatened ecosystems.

Adapting to a Changing Climate in the Sky Island Region

Photo attributed to Karen Fasimpaur. Incorporated here under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. No endorsement by licensor implied.

Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration
Land Use Planning
Water Resources

Adapting to a Changing Climate in the Sky Island Region is an interdisciplinary, collaborative project that brings together natural resource management agencies, tribes, conservation organizations, landowners, and scientists to confront the mounting effects of climate change in this region, build resilience in natural systems, and provide a sound replicable model.

Adaptation Action Plan For Wildlife Connectivity in the Sky Island Region

Photo attributed to © Charlie Ohrel, TNC. [Screenshot from report]


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