Assess Vulnerability to Climate Change

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

Assessing the U.S. Climate in July 2020

NOAA’s monthly climate summaries aim to support informed decision-making. The July 2020 assessment shows warming trends continue across the United States.

Avoiding Deforestation

Avoiding deforestation can avoid and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and is also an important conservation objective because forests are critical for biodiversity and healthy ecosystems

Best Practices for Climate Change Adaptation: Spotlight on Michigan Coastal Wetlands

This toolkit includes practices that have been applied to support wetland management for climate adaptation objectives.

Blue Carbon

“Blue carbon” is the type of carbon that is stored by coastal wetland vegetation such as mangroves, seagrasses and salt marsh grasses. While protection and restoration of coastal ecosystems has a relatively low global mitigation potential due to their small distribution, these ecosystems can store carbon at high rates per hectare.

Build Resilience

All of the science, maps and models in the world won’t get us closer to building resilience without land conservation on the ground. Land trusts have been leaders in protecting hard-to-protect places, like fertile lowlands, that provide critical diversity of habitat types. The lessons learned from selecting and preserving lands at scale in a shifting environment will guide our field now and for generations ahead. Thank you for your hard work and ongoing leadership and commitment to saving the lands we love!

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.

Carbon Markets

In the United States, several land trusts are already engaging in the carbon market. Advocacy efforts that support the development of legal frameworks that enable cap and trade or carbon offsets can further expand these programs throughout the United States and connect to international efforts to decrease carbon emissions through market mechanisms.

Carbon Offsets – A Viable Opportunity for Forest Landowners?

The Annual Journal of Consulting Forestry’s 2018 edition features discussion of the regulatory framework, challenges, and opportunities for carbon offsets in the United States.

Challenges and Opportunities for Large Landscape-Scale Management in a Shifting Climate

This paper details how climate adaptation approaches at large scales may require nested landscape methods that vertically coordinate smaller to larger areas of ecological concern to help reduce the extent of climate impacts for species and ecosystems.