Incorporating Climate Change into Conservation
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences (Manomet), received funding from the Wildlife Conservation Society in September 2010 to help the conservation community in the Northeast implement on-the-ground climate-smart restoration and management projects.
With state fish and wildlife agencies, we are creating climate-smart projects in three ecosystems: coasts, freshwater and forests.
These pilot projects will test the effectiveness of climate-smart conservation strategies so that natural resource managers across the country have examples to learn from when designing their own climate smart projects.
Learn more: freshwater, forests, coasts
Restoring Freshwater Systems in Massachusetts
With the help of many partners including the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration, Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences and A.D. Makepeace (among others), NWF is testing climate-smart restoration projects for freshwater systems. In Wareham MA, this partnership is restoring a cold-water fed cranberry bog to a trout stream with a functioning riparian system. The project has also created a monitoring program to record changes in the wetlands and stream that may result from climate change. With this monitoring data, partners will be able to make informed management decisions for the site as the climate continues to change.
Protecting Upland Forests in New York's Adirondacks
National Wildlife Federation will be testing guidance for upland forest ecosystems by working with the Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station (SSPRS) in Northern Hamilton and Eastern Herkimer Counties in New York State. New York State is located in the transition zone between northern temperate and boreal eco-zones, meaning that many wildlife species found here are at the edge of their range. In one of the remotest parts of the Adirondacks, the SSPRS has nine lakes and ponds, many miles of the headwater streams, 12,500 acres of upland northern hardwood forests and 2,000 acres of lowland boreal habitats, making it an ideal spot to test climate-smart adaptation strategies.
Protecting Delaware’s Coasts from Sea Level Rise
Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) is developing two climate-smart projects that will address the effects of sea-level on coastal impoundments. One project will repair a dyke in a coastal impoundment and restore a tidal wetland buffer on the seaward side of the impoundment. This project will help DFW maintain the impoundment in the short-term while enabling staff to monitor the effects of sea-level rise on the impoundment and plan longer-term management options. The second pilot project will create an upland impoundment as an alternative for an existing coastal impoundment that might need to be abandoned if sea levels continue to rise.
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