ACT Framework – Climate Change Adaptation for Conservation Targets

The ACT Framework draws on collective knowledge to translate climate change projections into a portfolio of adaptation actions.

Anticipate Uncertainty When Planning for Climate Change

Not only are climate change impacts difficult to predict, but even the causes of climate change — carbon dioxide and methane emissions — are variable, leading to uncertainties in impact scenario projections.

Assess Vulnerability to Climate Change

Planning to reduce vulnerability to climate change enables land managers to mitigate risks and increase resilience.

Being Prepared for Climate Change A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans

Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook offers place-based organizations a guide to applying risk-based methodology to identify climate change vulnerability and plan to address likely threats to reduce risks. This guidance focuses specifically on water resource stressors, and offers a straightforward approach to risk identification and risk abatement planning.

Climate Ready Estuaries Coastal Toolkit

The Climate Ready Estuaries Coastal Toolkit provides resources for estuaries, coastal programs and other organizations that are interested in learning more about climate change impacts and adaptation.

Develop Conservation Easements that Adapt to Climate Change

Drafting conservation easements for long-term success requires consideration of many factors, including potential climate change impacts. Conservation easements should be designed to be adaptable, thus allowing managers to respond in a timely manner to changing conditions and conservation values, which may result from climate change or other natural- or man-made-causes.

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.

Land Trusts’ Critical Role Conserving Climate-Resilient Lands

Conserving Nature in a Changing Climate offers land conservation practitioners a comprehensive guide to help our nation preserve climate-resilient lands, using insights and real-life examples from OSI’s Resilient Landscapes Initiative; the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative; and an advisory committee of practitioners and experts.

Manage Grasslands and Prairie Habitats for Climate Change

Grasslands cover approximately 400 million acres of the contiguous United States.Despite their extensive distribution, grasslands and the neighboring deserts that make up more arid regions are sensitive ecosystems that can be vulnerable to extreme changes in temperature and shifts in precipitation. Land trusts are working to manage grasslands for climate change to protect the biodiversity, habitats, and ecosystem services these landscapes provide.

Management of Designated Areas

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.