Conservation in the Era of Climate Change: South Kingstown Case Study

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Clara Rubin, Don Robadue, Pam Rubinoff, URI Coastal Resources Center/RI Sea Grant

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Conservation in the Era of Climate Change: South Kingstown Case Study

  1. 1. Conservation in the Era of ClimateChange: South Kingstown Case Study Clara Rubin, Don Robadue, Pam Rubinoff URI Coastal Resources Center/RI Sea Grant Steve Wood S. Wood Pam Rubinoff C. Ansel
  2. 2. Changing Climate: Here and NowPawcatuck River in Westerly, March 2010 USDA Plant Hardiness Zones, 2012 http://www.ctcameraeye.com/?p=2555 USDA, 2012
  3. 3. Understanding Vulnerability• Exposure• Sensitivity• Capacity• Habitats
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Habitats• Freshwater aquatic• Forested swamps & wetlands• Beaches & tidal marshes• Terrestrial uplands• Upland forests• Agricultural lands
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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•
  12. 12. http://seagrant.gso.uri.edu/Climatehttp://www.facebook.com/rhodeislandseagrant Clara Rubin crubincr@gmail.com Pam Rubinoff rubi@crc.uri.edu

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