Area of Focus: Managing Land and Water Resources, Oct. 28, 9am – 5pm
Climate change poses challenges and opportunities for conservation properties. In this session, participants will consider how climate change affects goals for their own land stewardship projects. Learn how climate change is affecting the ecosystems where you work, and participate in facilitated activities to identify challenges and opportunities for your woods, water, wildlife and other resources.
Area of Focus: Board, Strategic Conservation Vision, Oct. 29, 10:30am – 12pm
This session will use panel presentation, break out groups and open conversation to foster a rich discussion about what it really is going to take for the land trust community to effectively respond to climate change.
Area of Focus: Managing Land and Water Resources, Oct. 29, 1:30pm – 3pm
Land trust activities are constantly changing to accommodate new challenges and issues, and it’s becoming increasingly important to develop and implement conservation activities that consider the challenges of a changing and uncertain climate. This fast-paced, dynamic workshop will lead participants through a five-step process to consider how climate change will affect their lands and their conservation goals. This “climate change filter” will then be used to identify actions that enable ecosystems to adapt to changing conditions and address conservation priorities. The session will also include discussion regarding climate change communication to key audiences and stakeholders.
As increasing attention is being paid to the threat of climate change, a number of new tools and frameworks have been developed to help support the work of land trusts. In this two-part workshop, we will first describe large-scale assessments designed to highlight important vulnerabilities, and prioritize “climate resilient” areas for conservation. Our premise is that by working together with shared tools and clear communication, we can greatly enhance the effectiveness of our efforts to sustain species and natural processes.
This session will present a suite of new NOAA products that can help land trusts and local planners: visualize coastal hazards and climate change impacts to natural areas; consider climate impacts in coastal land conservation planning; develop a GIS workplan to map land conversation priorities that account for coastal hazards; and assess the costs and benefits of natural areas for flood reduction. Although this is geared primarily for coastal audiences, including the Great Lakes, some of the tools are relevant to non-coastal geographies as well.
As increasing attention is being paid to the threat of climate change, a number of new tools and frameworks have been developed to help support the work of land trusts. The second session in this two-part series will emphasize site-scale applications, providing examples of where land trusts and partners have incorporated climate change as they decide “where should we invest” and “what management actions should we take.”
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