NWF & King County Present Online Tool for Landowners Interested in Climate Change

"New website includes sophisticated mapping tool and local resources to support action."

12-19-2013 // Linda Argueta

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The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and King County, Washington are pleased to announce a new online tool for landowners to help them understand and prepare for climate change impacts on their property. The Urban and Community Forestry Climate Preparedness and Response (CPR) tool, developed with support from a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service grant, allows landowners to view land and forest characteristics for their property using sophisticated Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis.

The Forestry CPR website provides both general background and location specific data about the linkages between forests and climate change for the more than two million residents that live in King County. The tool provides local resources to help landowners enhance their forest’s value and productivity. A key function of the site is a Forest Health Assessment which provides customized management recommendations for each landowner’s property. In addition, visitors to the site can learn about the role healthy forests play in reducing local climate change impacts.

"The Forestry CPR tool shows how trees can both reduce carbon pollution and help neighborhoods prepare for the impacts of climate change,” said Kara E. Reeve, Manager for NWF’s Climate-Smart Communities Program. “The tool is being used by landowners across King County to make climate-smart decisions about their forests. We hope it serves as a model for other communities across to adopt."

"These tools highlight the critical roles that forests play in responding to climate change, and provides resources for all King County landowners – from those with a small amount of backyard habitat to those that own a couple of acres of forest – to help them enhance that role," said Christie True, Director of King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks.

A variety of materials have been produced by NWF for the Forestry CPR tool that can be used by local governments, organizations and citizens looking to address climate change. A new guidebook – Growing Greener: Eco-Structure for Climate Resilience - offers guidance on how residents can replicate the website and tool for communities across the country. Additionally, the guidebook includes 5 climate-smart recommendations for managing urban forests, as well as a section that highlights resources for regions across the United States for improving forest health. An online training course and Forestry CPR Webinar are also available.

To learn more, visit: the Forestry CPR website or NWF's Climate Smart Communities page.

The Urban and Community Forestry Climate Preparedness and Response project is funded in partnership between King County, the National Wildlife Federation and the USDA Forest Service’s - Urban & Community Forestry Program.

 

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