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Massachusetts Climate Action Tool

Created: 10/17/2017 - Updated: 12/12/2018

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

Formally USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center

The National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) work with natural and cultural resource managers to gather the scientific information and build the tools needed to help fish, wildlife and ecosystems adapt to the impacts of climate change.

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

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