Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions – “Yellowbook”

The Forest Legacy Program provides grants for conservation easements or land purchases through state partners to protect environmentally sensitive forest lands while maintaining private ownership and working forests. The Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions – “Yellowbook”, which presents current standards for grant requests, is posted for reference here.

Urban Spaces

The landscape of urban open spaces can range from playing fields to highly maintained environments to relatively natural landscapes. Urban open spaces can be well protected due to conservation status, but unprotected areas may especially be at risk due to development pressures. As dense population centers, urban areas have opportunities to embrace “smart growth” to balance development needs with important ecological, economic, and social benefits of open spaces.

USFWS Climate Change Website

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Climate Change website emphasizes adaptation, mitigation and engagement to address impacts to wildlife and natural habitat. USFWS’s efforts to address climate change issues are detailed in Rising to the Urgent Challenge: Strategic Plan for Responding to Accelerating Climate Change.

USFWS Coastal Program

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Coastal Program is a non-regulatory program that provides technical and financial assistance to landowners and coastal communities to restore or protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands.

USFWS Habitat and Resource Conservation

The USFWS Habitat and Resource Conservation website details current programs that can support conservation efforts across the nation.

Using Geospatial Techniques to Plan for Climate Change Impacts on Coastal Habitats

Land trusts and conservation groups across the country are using geospatial techniques such as mapping and modeling to identify and reduce vulnerabilities to climate change impacts.

What is Resilience?

Ecological resilience often describes the capacity of an ecosystem to respond to a disturbance by resisting damage and recovering quickly without shifting to an alternative state or losing function or services. Building resilience can reduce risks and vulnerabilities of ecosystems – and the communities that depend on them – to climate change impacts.

Wildlife Connectivity – Opportunities for Legislation

This interactive policy brief from the Center for Large Landscape Conservation highlights advocacy opportunities for the conservation community to increase connectivity at a landscape scale.