Getting Started
This site is intended to offer basic to intermediate-level guidance about climate change and conservation responses to the U.S. conservation community. Not sure where to get started? Read the introduction to getting startedtake a self-assessment, or search key terms.
Land Trusts and Renewable Energy
Reshaping the Energy Future is a new publication from the Land Trust Alliance that articulates how land trusts can play and important role in renewable energy development that meets multiple conservation objectives. The new Practical Pointers: Siting Renewables on Conservation Easements - What Land Trusts Need to Know provides analysis and easement drafting tools to support renewable energy deployment that is appropriately sited, scaled, and consistent with conservation objectives.  
Natural Climate Solutions Report
Better stewardship of land is needed to achieve the Paris Climate Agreement goal of holding warming to below 2 °C. Griscom et al. have published a seminal report outlining land stewardship options available and their mitigation potential. Read more about natural climate solutions or view the full report here.
Featured Resources: Communicating about Climate
Recommendations, a product inventory, and analysis of examples of climate change outreach materials from Tug Hill Tomorrow, Vermont Land Trust, Maine Coastal Heritage Trust, and Scenic Hudson are now available to support your communications efforts!
 
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Climate Communications - New Report
Talking about climate change results in increased visibility, relevance, and fundraising for land trusts. In this Climate Change Communication report the Land Trust Alliance and the Open Space Institute provides guidance on how to connect about this issue, and information to help land trusts respond to the greatest challenge of our time. Learn more here.
Conservation and Climate: Saving Resilient Landscapes
Conserving Nature in a Changing Climate offers land conservation practitioners practical steps to strategically increase the chances that plants and animals can adapt as the climate changes. Learn more.

Natural Climate Solutions

Natural climate solutions can help reduce carbon emissions and store more carbon in the landscape. These solutions are often complex and interconnected, and they can deliver significant adaptation and mitigation benefits.

Learn more about how resource management efforts can help mitigate climate change here.

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Climate Communications

Targeted communication can help effectively deliver messages and promote positive resource management outcomes.  Learn more about advocacy and action to support climate responsive community engagement as well as recommendations for communicating about climate change.

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Renewable Energy

Renewable energy can yield numerous benefits to people and the environment. As with all energy options, the social and ecological impacts of development must be assessed through science-based planning processes with opportunities for robust public involvement. Land trusts can play important roles in these planning and deployment dialogues.

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About Conservation in a Changing Climate

This website is designed to support on-the-ground conservation efforts of land trusts in the United States. The resources and learning categories are intended to provide basic to intermediate information and to lead to additional resources and tools that can support more advanced levels of understanding about climate change and its implications for the conservation community.

Together we can address these management challenges to save the places people love.

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Conserving Nature in a Changing Climate offers land conservation practitioners practical steps to strategically increase the chances that plants and animals can adapt as the climate changes.

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State Senate Votes for Healthier, Safer, Cleaner New Jersey

A statement from Tom Gilbert, campaign director for New Jersey Conservation Foundation and ReThink Energy NJ March 25, 2019 — “Today, the Senate cast a welcome bipartisan vote for a healthier, safer, cleaner New Jersey. “These amendments will ensure that the state takes the steps necessary to reduce emissions as ...

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