As land trusts succeed in protecting more lands, the importance of managing the conservation values on those lands in perpetuity will grow. Efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change will have profound implications for these stewardship efforts.
We cannot prevent climate change from impacting our protected lands. But, by adapting our management practices, land trusts can promote climate change resilience in priority species, habitats and resources. Learn more about how land trusts are addressing changes to habitats and wildlife as well as supporting shifts in human activities and adapting land trust practices to promote climate change resilience.
While approaches may vary, common elements of successful management efforts include conducting vulnerability assessments and engaging in strategic conservation planning and adaptive management to reduce risks build resilience of ecosystems and the communities that depend upon them. By incorporating data that reflects current and future climate trends into ongoing conservation efforts, land trusts are building adaptation into long-term stewardship objectives.
There are many ways to incorporate adaptation considerations into land conservation objectives. Considering current and future risks through a vulnerability assessment and working to reduce those risks are important considerations of strategic conservation planning that many land trusts already use to inform long-term management plans.
Land trusts across the nation are working to reduce vulnerabilities to climate change through planning and on-the-ground projects. View case studies to learn more.