The Four Forest Restoration Initiative: Implementing a Climate Change Adaptation Framework for Natural Resource Management and Planning
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Arizona, working with the USDA Forest Service, TNC-New Mexico, University of Arizona, and Wildlife Conservation Society, convened a two-day workshop entitled Climate Change Adaptation Workshop for Natural Resource Managers in the Four Forest Restoration Initiative area on 7-8 April 2010 in Flagstaff, Arizona (See Appendix B, page 50 for the agenda). Forty-four representatives of 15 state and federal agencies, local governments and non- governmental organizations participated (See Appendix A, page 48 for the list of participants). This workshop was the third in a series of four workshops organized by the Southwest Climate Change Initiative (SWCCI), a collaborative effort to provide information and tools for climate change adaptation planning and implementation for conservation practitioners in the Four Corners states: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.
Workshop Goal and Objectives
The workshop goal was to identify management strategies that will help native plants, animals and ecosystems adapt to a changing climate and lay the groundwork for strategy implementation. The objectives of the workshop were to:
- Provide background information on climate change as it applies to northern Arizona.
- Introduce a framework for landscape-scale climate change adaptation planning for use at this workshop and as a tool that can be used in other landscapes.
- Assess the impacts of climate change on a set of high-priority species, ecosystems and natural processes selected by workshop organizers and participants.
- Identify strategic actions that will reduce climate change impacts.
- Identify opportunities for ongoing learning, collaboration, and implementation of on-the- ground climate change adaptation projects in northern Arizona.