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  • Choosing What to Protect in the Face of Climate Change Maine Land Conservation Conference May 1, 2010
  • We have an exceptional opportunity to conserve an ecologically functional landscape
    • However, our success will depend on :
    • Establishing scientifically supported statewide priorities
    • Translating priorities for implementation by local conservation partners (land trusts, municipalities, sister agencies)
    • Facilitating on the ground action at the local level
    Climate change hasn’t altered our approach, it has simply made it more urgent
  • Maine’s Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (Wildlife Action Plan) Identifies 213 Species of Greatest Conservation Need ( SGCN) . Encouraging habitat conservation at the local level is likely our most promising tool. Therefore, BwH is the foundation of SWAP. 21 key habitat types, and 140 Focus Areas of Statewide Ecological Significance
  • Contents of SWAP
    • Identifies:
      • Priority habitat types
      • Priority species
      • Strategies for conserving each
      • This data helps in identifying projects locally that respond to state priorities
  • Focus Areas of Statewide Ecological Significance Highlight intact landscapes with rich biodiversity and inform strategic conservation investments
    • Mt Agamenticus
    • Kennebunk Plains/Wells Barren
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Bold Coast
    • Unity Wetlands
    • Merrymeeting Bay
    • St. John River
    • Tumbledown Mtn to Mt Blue
    • Crystal Bog
    • Androscoggin Lake
    • Etc…
  • - Maine Wildlife Action Plan What about climate change?
    • Steps for incorporating Climate Change into SWAP:
    • Launch on-line Species Vulnerability Assessment that evaluates vulnerability based on:
      • Exposure to stressors
      • Sensitivity to stressors
      • Capacity to adapt to stressors
      • Include mechanism to also rank vulnerability of habitat and natural community types
    • Evaluate expert feedback and update SGCN list and species status
    • Update BwH outreach materials, tools, and technical assistance
  • Hand off to AW to discuss exposure doc.
  • AC to discuss survey
  • As we take on strategic conservation planning, or update our existing plans, how can we address climate change adaptation?
    • Areas to our south are going to become less habitable
    • Telecommuting and virtual offices will become more prevalent
    • This is the critical time to plan for a resilient landscape
    Strategic conservation planning has never been more important
  • The Beginning with Habitat model provides a good starting point for “ saving the stage ” Water Resources and Riparian Habitat High Value Plant and Animal Habitats Unfragmented Habitat Blocks
  • Low-lying undeveloped uplands adjacent to coastal wetlands (beaches, mudflats, saltmarshes, etc.) Undeveloped areas that serve as landscape scale habitat connections Climate change adaptation will require a ‘stage’ capable of supporting an uncertain cast of players
  • Unusual soil types Unusual geologic conditions A variety of topographic conditions