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A Climate-Smart Framework for Land Trusts

Point Blue’s new climate-smart publication, Integrating Climate Adaptation into Land Conservation – A Climate-Smart Framework for Land Trusts, aims to provide land trusts and other land conservation practitioners with a guide to integrating climate change projections and climate adaptation approaches into the process of private land conservation.


Biologically speaking, adaptation is a change or the process of change by which an organism or species becomes better suited to its environment. Increasingly adaptation is used to describe adjustments that society or ecosystems make to limit negative effects of climate change.

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.

California’s New Climate Rules, Explained

California runs a number of programs that help it reduce its climate pollution, including financial support for electric vehicle purchases, mandates on biofuels and requirements that utilities source a substantial amount of their power from renewable sources. The new legislation requires the California Air Resources Board to strengthen these programs, or roll out new ones, to ensure that the new targets are met.

Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation

Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation provides an overview of climate trends affecting agriculture. projections for change, and potential economic effects on the sector. The report also provides an overview of adaptation options at multiple scales and identifies research gaps.

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.

Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers

Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers offers resources to inform adaptation responses for forest land managers.

Forest offsets and the California compliance market: Bringing an abstract ecosystem good to market

Improved Forest Management (IFM) projects under the California cap-and-trade market allow production of new, non-traditional commodities: forest carbon offsets. With data drawn from California IFM project design documents and in-depth interviews with carbon project developers, this study traces the development, sale, and maintenance of forest offsets, in order to map access to benefits along the commodity chain.

People have been flocking to the International Fountain at Seattle Center for decades. Alas, it's closed until early July for repairs. Water features, like fountains, are one method of cooling urban environments as temperatures rise. (Credit: rwoan, Creative Commons)

How Cities Can Adapt to a Hotter Planet

As cities swelter under a once-in-a-millennium heat dome, green space and blue infrastructure are critical nature-based urban planning solutions.

How is the Land Trust Community Adapting to Address Climate Change Impacts?

Numerous land trusts have already incorporated elements of climate adaptation planning into their management strategies. In general, a climate change adaptation plan identifies and assesses impacts that are likely to affect the planning area, develops goals and actions to best minimize these impacts, and establishes a process to implement those actions. Climate change adaptation actions can often fulfill other management goals, such as sustainable development and risk reduction, and can therefore be incorporated into existing decision-making processes.