Why Plan for Climate Change

Climate change is already warming our winters, raising our oceans and affecting the behavior of our favorite wild animals. What’s more, these changes — and many others — are expected to accelerate in the coming years and decades. Climate change is a fact of life, and will affect the mission of every land trust. We cannot stop climate change, so we must plan for it.

Why Worry about Climate Change?

Small changes can lead to dramatic, ecosystem-wide consequences for plants and wildlife, habitats and ecological processes. Learn more.

Prepare for Climate Change

Climate change is a complex process with long-term implications for natural and cultural resources. Learn more about preparing your land trust’s holdings for climate change.

Assess the Vulnerability of Species and Habitats to Climate Change

Discover how to assess, plan for, and possibly reduce the vulnerability of priority species to climate change. Learn more.

Anticipate Uncertainty When Planning for Climate Change

Explore two techniques — scenario planning and adaptive management — for anticipating and reducing the risk of uncertainty when planning for climate change. Learn more.

Develop Conservation Easements That Adapt to Climate Change

Flexibility, clarity, and long-term planning are just some of the ways land trusts can adapt conservation easements for greater resilience to climate change. Learn more.

Partner with Regional and Federal Groups to Expand Your Reach and Impact

Federal, state and regional initiatives provide funding, resources and support to assist land trusts with climate change planning, management and public education projects. Learn more.