Massachusetts Climate Action Tool

Created: 10/17/2017 - Updated: 10/17/2017

Overview

The Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool is designed to inform and inspire local action to protect the Commonwealth’s natural resources in a changing climate. It was developed for local decision-makers, conservation practitioners, large landowners, and community leaders across the state. 

With this tool, you can:

  1. access information on climate change impacts and vulnerability of species and habitats, as well as
  2. explore adaptation strategies and actions to help maintain healthy, resilient natural communities based on your location and interests. Initial development of the tool is focused on fish and wildlife species, forests and forestry practices, landscape connectivity (with a focus on climate related impacts on roads and culverts), land protection, and conservation planning.

This tool was developed in partnership by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the Department of Interior’s Northeast Climate Science Center, and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Un

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the science agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, is meeting the climate change challenge through the new National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center. Climate change crosses jurisdictional boundaries and affects all earth processes. The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center is being designed with input from Federal, State, and Tribal science and management agencies; non-governmental organizations; academic institutions; and others having an interest in conserving America’s fish and wildlife resources.

Keywords

Scale of Project: 
State / Provincial
Sector Addressed: 
Biodiversity
Conservation / Restoration
Culture/communities
Fisheries
Forestry
Land Use Planning
Water Resources
Wildlife
Type of Tool: 
Adaptation Planning / Decision Support
Adaptation Planning Frameworks / Toolkits
Habitat/Biome Type: 
Freshwater
Terrestrial
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Incorporate climate-smart guidelines into restoration
Capacity Building
Create/enhance resources and tools
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Climate Type: 
Temperate