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Climate change has already been linked to changes in habitats and ecosystems, including species composition, weather patterns and the length of the seasons. As average global temperature continues to warm, these changes will continue.
The potential impacts to ecosystems and the habitats they contain vary by region, species composition, established weather patterns, and much more. The impacts may include:
By planning for climate change today, land trusts help manage habitats and enable ecosystems to be more able to rebound from the effects of climate change tomorrow. Land trusts may consider the following actions:
Since the impacts of climate change will vary by habitat, land trusts may wish to adapt their management policies to fit their priority habitat(s) or ecosystem(s).
In addition to encouraging long-term planning that acknowledges changing climate conditions, as long-term environmental stewards land trusts are in a unique position to support mitigation policies and practices that galvanize immediate actions to reduce the potential extent of future climate change today.