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2017 Montana Climate Assessment

The Montana University System’s Institute on Ecosystems’ Montana Climate Assessment is a statewide report that looks at climate trends and their impacts on Montana’s water, forests, and the agriculture industry.

50 Years of Glacier Change in Montana

Loss of ice can have ecological effects on aquatic species by changing stream water volume, water temperature and run-off timing in the higher elevations of the park. Tracking these small alpine glaciers has been instrumental in describing climate change effects on Glacier National Park to park management and the public.

A Risk Assessment of Climate Change and the Impact of Forest Diseases on Forest Ecosystems in the Western United States and Canada

A Risk Assessment of Climate Change and the Impact of Forest Diseases projects the effects of eight forest diseases under two climate-change scenarios. Examples are used to describe how various types of forest diseases may respond to environmental changes with a focus on western forests.

Adding the Impacts of Climate Change to a Strategic Plan: Big Sur Land Trust

This CAKEx case study details how Big Sur Land Trust is working to anticipate the impacts climate change will have and preparing management strategies to address shifting conditions.

Agricultural Land Conservation: An Important Part of California’s Climate Strategy

American Farmland Trust (AFT) analyzed recent reports to assess the role of agricultural land conservation as a climate impact reduction strategy. The resulting research paper, Agricultural Land Conservation: An Important Part of California’s Climate Strategy (April, 2016) proposed a goal for reducing farmland conversion and associated GHG emissions: 50% by 2030 and 75% by 2050.

California FarmLink: Preserving farmland through thoughtful succession planning

California FarmLink is a resource hub and service provider that helps farmers learn and improve business and financial management skills, find land, secure land tenure, and obtain financing. This organization works to link independent, underserved farmers and ranchers to the working agricultural lands and financing they need for a sustainable future.

Changing Temperatures

Trends indicating warming temperatures have been observed on land and in the ocean and surface waters. These changes drive other impacts as well and may negatively affect ecosystems and species.

Climate Change Action in Coastal Habitats: Additional Resources and Websites

Resource list highlighting additional resources from federal agency partners addressing conservation in a changing climate.

Climate change effects on biodiversity, ecosystems, ecosystem services, and natural resource management in the United States

This nation-wide assessment from leading biologists from National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC), discusses how climate-induced impacts on ecosystems and biodiversity affect the availability of nature’s beneficial services to society and provides recommendations to support adaptive management efforts to mitigate these effects.

Climate Change Impacts to Grasslands

Climate change impacts to grasslands and prairies include increased seasonal, annual, minimum, and maximum temperature and changing precipitation patterns. Because these ecosystems are relatively dry with a strong seasonal climate, they are sensitive to climatic changes and vulnerable to shifts in climatic regime.

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