Management Actions

As working lands continue to respond to the pressures of a changing climate, individuals and organizations tasked with managing these systems will benefit from reexamining their priorities, objectives, and tactics. Some land managers may ultimately decide not to make any near-term changes in priorities or tactics, even after considering climate pressures on the lands they manage. Others may choose to accommodate change even as they attempt to ensure continued value from the lands in question. In other words, as forests, rangelands, and other systems adapt naturally, organizations need to decide if they intend to play a role in adaptation through land management and how to play that role most effectively. This is easier said than done, of course, as land managers struggle to keep up with “traditional” challenges, not to mention the daunting complexities of climate change.

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View of the Berkshire Garden

Smart Phone or Tablet? We suggest jumping over here for an improved virtual experience!   It is important to continue to find ways to mitigate or adapt to climate change. One of the most effective strategies is to teach younger generations about taking care of the planet. At the...

UMass Permaculture

Nelson Cecarelli talks with the USDA Northeast Climate Hub about his farming practices in October 2017.

This year is different for Cecarelli Farms. In late January, Nelson Cecarelli passed away after a battle with cancer. His legacy of agricultural stewardship and passion for farming continue through his business partner and friend, Will DellaCamera. Over the past 20 years, Nelson...

Continued Conversations with Cecarelli Farms

A view at the University of Delaware's Warrington Irrigation Research Farm

Smart Phone or Tablet? We suggest jumping over here for an improved virtual experience!   Studies at the Warrington Irrigation Research Farm are aimed at using water to maximize crop yields and improve profits. Water is one of the most critical crop needs. By improving water...

Irrigation Research at UD

References for Climate Risk Management Practices prepared by: J.J. Ho; J.E. Halofsky; D.L. Peterson.    References U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service [USDA FS]. 2008. Forest Service strategic framework for responding to climate change. Version 1.0. Washington, DC: U....

Climate Risk Management Practices: References

Climate change is a major challenge in natural resource management, both because of the magnitude of potential effects and because of the uncertainty associated with climate change projections and effects. Adapting resource management to changing conditions is critical to reduce...

Climate Risk Management Practices

Sensitivities A. More wildfire and insect outbreaks will increase loss of late-successional forest habitat and connectivity. B. Loss of habitat structure and spatial heterogeneity will increase species vulnerability to changing climate. C. Higher temperature and increased...

Climate Risk Management Practices: Wildlife

Burned riparian area

Sensitivity A. Reduced snowpack, shifts in hydrologic regime involving changes in timing and magnitude of streamflows, and changing groundwater recharge and discharge will likely lead to shifts in plant species composition and reduced habitat quality in riparian areas, wetlands...

Climate Risk Management Practices: Riparian Areas, Wetlands, and Groundwater-Dependent Ecosystems

Sensitivities A. There will be increased opportunity for invasive species establishment with increased disturbance and shifting plant species composition under changing climate. B. Climate change may lead to loss of climatically suitable habitat for persistent pinyon-juniper...

Climate Risk Management Practices: Non-Forest Vegetation

Photo by Matt Mortenson. Steers drinking out of water trough.

09/19/17 Flexible Stocking Summit Report The Flexible Stocking Summit brought ranchers together from eastern Wyoming and Colorado, alongside USDA researchers and University Extension professionals. The summit was held at the Semiarid Grasslands Research Center near Nunn, CO, on...

Flexible Stocking Summit Report: A Peer-to-Peer Discussion and Learning Event

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