Forest and Woodland Habitats: Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Strategies for Northwestern California

Created: 8/23/2021 -

Abstract

This document summarizes climate change vulnerability assessments for forest and woodland habitats in northwestern California, including coastal conifer-hardwood forest, coastal redwood forest, oak savannas and open woodlands, black oak and tanoak woodlands, mixed evergreen forest, mixed conifer and ponderosa forests, true fir forest, and subalpine forest, as well as closely-associated species such as sugar pine, rare trees (e.g., Pacific yew, knobcone pine and cypress species), marbled murrelet, late-successional-dependent species, native ungulates, and salamanders. This document also includes an overview of adaptation strategies and actions that may reduce the climate change vulnerability of these habitats and species.

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Organization(s)

EcoAdapt is at the center of climate change adaptation innovation. We provide support, training, and assistance to make conservation and management less vulnerable and more Climate Savvy. Over the past 200 years, great strides have been made in the world of conservation and now all of that is at risk because of climate change. EcoAdapt is working to ensure the success of these past efforts by delivering a framework for climate adaptation.

Keywords

Adaptation Phase
Assessment
Planning
Sector Addressed
Biodiversity
Conservation / Restoration
Wildlife
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies
Host adaptation training or planning workshop
Create stakeholder engagement processes to develop and implement adaptation strategies
Develop / implement adaptive management strategies
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Air temperature
Biodiversity
Diseases or parasites
Fire
Growing season
Habitat extent
Invasive / non-native species, pests
Phenological shifts
Precipitation
Range shifts
Snowpack
Species of concern
Storms or extreme weather events
Water supply
Habitat/Biome Type
Forest
Montane
Region
Southwest

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