Common-Sense Climate Adaptation Strategies for the Commonwealth

Project #: 1758  –   Updated: January 17, 2011

Project Summary

This project assists Massachusetts wildlife agencies to ensure that strategies in the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan are adapted for climate change impacts, and that these climate-adapted strategies are adopted for implementation by the state agency and its implementation partners.

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Location (by county):
["", "Bennington County (VT), ", "Franklin County (MA), ", "Hampden County (MA), ", "Essex County (MA), ", " (show more)", "Berkshire County (MA), ", "Hillsborough County (NH), ", "Cheshire County (NH), ", "Providence County (RI), ", "Barnstable County (MA), ", "Worcester County (MA), ", "Norfolk County (MA), ", "Middlesex County (MA), ", "Bristol County (MA), ", "Rensselaer County (NY)", " (show less)"]

Watersheds:
["", "Farmington, ", "Hudson-Hoosic, ", "Charles, ", "Nashua, ", "Blackstone, ", "Westfield, ", "Miller, ", " (show more)", "Shetucket, ", "Deerfield, ", "Chicopee, ", "Middle Connecticut, ", "Quinebaug, ", "Merrimack, ", "Middle Hudson, ", "Cape Cod, ", "Housatonic, ", "Narragansett, ", "Lower Connecticut", " (show less)"]

Congressional Districts:
["", "MA District 01, ", "NH District 02, ", "VT District 00, ", "NY District 19, ", " (show more)", "MA District 09, ", "MA District 06, ", "MA District 04, ", "MA District 02, ", "MA District 03, ", "RI District 01", " (show less)"]

Bird Conservation Regions:
New England/Mid Atlantic Coast, Atlantic Northern Forest, Appalachian Mountains

USFWS Regions:
Northeast Region

Project size:
441.89 miles

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Site 1 Yes

Full Project Description

This project assists Massachusetts wildlife agencies to ensure that strategies in the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan are adapted for climate change impacts, and that these climate-adapted strategies are adopted for implementation by the state agency and its implementation partners.

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Public Benefit
Conservation Mission

Primary goals:

Ensuring that future conservation planning in the Commonwealth is "climate-smart".
Progress:

We have made great project toward our goal and state agencies are now working closely with us to incorporate climate change into their future conservation planning. By the fall of 2009 we will be be releasing a major public report(s) on the results of the project.

Consistent with plans:

Habitat Conservation Plan
Conservation Plan
State Wildlife Action Plan

Targeted habitats:

    • Aquatic
      • Estuarine
      • Lakes and Ponds
      • Rivers and Streams
    • Forests and Woodlands
      • Conifer Forests
      • Deciduous Forests and Woodlands
      • Mixed Hardwoods and Conifer
    • Shrublands and Grasslands
      • Shrublands and Steppe
    • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats
      • Forested or Shrub Wetlands and Swamps
      • Lowland Riparian Forests and Shrublands
      • Marshes, Bogs and Emergent Wetlands
      • Montane Riparian Forests and Shrublands

Targeted species were not provided for this project.

Actions

Project Actions
Other: adaptation planning Show/Hide details

Outcomes

Is the success of this project's actions being monitored?   No/Unknown

What lessons have been learned and/or what suggestions do you have for similar activities?

When working to modify state adaptation planning strategies and tactic s it is essential that state personnel be tightly involved in the process right from project planning state through to completion. Theses must be truly collaborative efforts if implementation of climate-smart solutions is the ultimate goal of the project

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Organization

Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Primary Contact

John O'Leary
Massachgusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife
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