Building Carbon in America’s Farms, Forests, and Grasslands: Foundations for a Policy Roadmap

“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.

Climate Change and Forest Health: Helping landowners with tough decisions

Landscapes in the intermountain west are becoming increasingly warmer, drier, and fragmented. Additionally, naturally-occurring wildfires are increasingly suppressed, eliminating the health benefits of these events. Such patterns and others have reduced the resilience of forests and given way to insect pest and disease outbreaks. Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT) in Bozeman, Montana, has documented these changing conditions and is supporting landowners in addressing forest threats. GVLT provides information and expertise to private landowners about how to treat and prevent further outbreaks. They also help landowners identify financial resources to support the work of forest management. In a changing climate, proactively addressing these issues helps vegetation communities remain resilient, enhancing the conservation values of private land.

Climate Education Publications

Efforts to raise awareness about climate change are growing in the conservation community. Early climate change education can help bring the conservationists of tomorrow up to speed about the challenges we are facing today. This page highlights youth education resources that some land trusts are using to communicate about changing conditions.

Developing Skills of NGOS: Public Education to Raise Environmental Awareness

This guide aims to help NGOs become champions of knowledge in order to foster positive attitudes towards the environment and competency in citizen action. While this guide is targeted towards NGOs in general, efforts to raise environmental awareness can support stakeholder engagement and conservation strategies of the land trust community.

Divestment and Socially Responsible Investment

In the context of climate change, divestment and Socially Responsible Investment means avoiding financial alignment with companies who perpetuate reliance on fossil fuel sources and investment in groups that are committed to being part of the global climate solution.

Engage Your Community

Tips to help you draft and deliver climate change messages that engage your community and inspire action.

Get Started

This site aims to provide introductory tools about climate change to the conservation community and offer resources to support learning and planning needs. The “Get Started” section offers guidance sorted into four main categories: Learn, Plan, Adapt, and Inspire.

How is the Land Trust Community Working to Mitigate Climate Change?

Land trusts are already mitigating climate change through carbon sequestration, leading efficiency innovations by example as well as flexible easement language, and making socially responsible investments. By raising awareness and calling for individual and community climate action, land trusts can play a critical role in guiding future land use planning in their region.

How To Talk About Climate Change

This report from the Land Trust Alliance and the Open Space Institute aims to provide helpful guidance on how to connect about this issue, and information to help land trusts respond to the greatest challenge of our time.

Inspire

Land trusts can help inspire change by continuing to lead communities in working towards shared visions of wise resource use with a focus on conservation and long-term planning.