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“Building Carbon in America’s Farms, Forests, and Grasslands: Foundations for a Policy Roadmap” offers new analysis to support long-term planning to enhance U.S. land management of carbon sinks to ensure healthy and productive landscapes contribute to greenhouse gas reduction goals.
Understanding the Science of Climate Change Talking Points: Impacts to Prairie Potholes and Grasslands is a USDOI Natural Resource Report that is intended to provide park and refuge area managers and staff with accessible, up-to date information about climate change and climate change impacts to the resources they protect.
Types of designated areas vary vastly, however, the recognition of these lands is created through common processes for similar purposes. Federally, the Bureau of Land Management’s National Conservation Lands, also known as the National Landscape Conservation System, includes over 870 recognized areas spanning approximately 30 million acres of public lands.
Designated Lands – Management Summary, Laws, and Regulations highlights key federal land designations, managing agencies, and relevant legislation, regulations, and policies.
The Conservation Fund’s forest carbon offset projects are developed with careful consideration of climate and community benefits. The Fund’s carbon program supports both conservation-based forest management and forest restoration projects in some of America’s favorite places.
Although designations vary, federally designated areas unique for their special characteristics and the opportunities they offer. “National Conservation Lands” include Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers, as well National Historic Landmarks, National Volcanic Monuments, National Historic Scenic Areas, National Recreation Areas, Scenic Recreation Areas, National Scenic Areas, National Preserves, and National Monuments.
In California Pacifica Land Trust works with other partners to restore wetlands and implement a managed retreat strategy for Pacifica State Beach to reduce flooding risks.
Blackwater 2100 is a collaborative strategic conservation plan that aims to address salt marsh loss and migration in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay.
Resource list of key spatial data visualization tools.
The ESF has been responding to potential climate change impacts by working cooperatively to study and address salt marsh loss. In addition to working with agencies and regional research facilities, ESF conservation projects such as constructing water control structures to adapt to rising sea levels and acquisition and management efforts to “clear the floodplain” address climate change challenges by allowing for migration of tidal marshes and building ecological resilience.