Building on Existing Resources CLIMATE CHANGE AND MASSACHUSETTS FISH AND WILDLIFE:• Climate Change and Volume 2 HABITAT AND SPECIES Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife VULNERABILITY• Connecticut Climate Change Adaptation Report• RI State Wildlife Action Plan, 2005• RI Low Impact Design Manual
Non-climate StressorsClimate change heightensimportance of addressingthese problems:• Colonizing invasive species Common reed, Phragmites australis• Expanding development http://swamp.osu.edu/flora_fauna/ORWplants.html• Habitat fragmentation and loss• Water quality and quantity issues• Decreasing riparian buffers• Loss of wetlands Maine Sea Grant
What is Important to the Land Trust?• Different areas/goals: origin of “focal areas”• Property-by-property management may be limiting• Adaptation strategies may need to be larger- scale landscapes
Cold Water Streams• Key drivers – Increasing temperatures – Changing precipitation patterns• Sensitivity: High – Endangers cold-water dependent species http://www.asergeev.com/pictures/k/Rhode_Island_Parks.html – Vulnerable to invasive species• Management & protection actions
Agricultural Lands• Key drivers – Increased temperatures – Shifting weather patterns, more extreme weather• Sensitivity: Medium – Vulnerable to pressure from invasive species and pests – Precipitation variability leads to droughts and flooding• Management & protection actions
Upland Forests• Key drivers – Increasing temperatures – Variations in precipitation• Sensitivity – Vulnerable to invasive species, pests, diseases – Drought leading to increased frequency and intensity of forest fires• Management and protection Browning Woods Farm, actions SKLT parcel
Tools for you to use • SKLT Pilot example and application • Habitat sensitivity summary • Maps on ArcGIS viewer • List of Management/protection actions • Resource links • Climate change summary • Webpage: RI Sea Grant Climate•
http://seagrant.gso.uri.edu/Climatehttp://www.facebook.com/rhodeislandseagrant Clara Rubin email@example.com Pam Rubinoff firstname.lastname@example.org
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