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New resource helps communities harness climate data for planning

The Open Space Institute's "Conserving Nature in a Changing Climate" guide puts climate science in the hands of small groups who can have a big conservation impact. Read about a pioneering conservation partnership that is already using climate science to inform long-term planning in Massachusetts.
New resource helps communities harness climate data for planning

Sarah Wells, Conservation Coordinator for the North Quabbin Regional Conservation Partnership, displays the strategic map the partnership developed using climate data.

With support from the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, the Open Space Institute has released a new resource designed to put climate data in the hands of small conservation groups that can make a big impact on landscape conservation.

The Conserving Nature in a Changing Climate guide, available on the Land Trust Alliance Climate Toolkit, synthesizes the latest climate-resilience science in a report and accompanying website. The resources within are designed to empower conservation practitioners to maximize the critical role they already play in climate mitigation and adaptation through strategic measures to protect habitat for wildlife and communities.  

"The North Atlantic LCC was pleased to collaborate with OSI and the Land Trust Alliance on this important guide to help land trusts make informed decisions in the face of change," said Andrew Milliken, former North Atlantic LCC Coordinator who is now serving as a project leader at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office.

"The approaches described in the guide for protecting resilient interconnected networks of natural areas will benefit fish, wildlife and plants and the ecosystems upon which they depend. This approach and the success of the LCC depends on federal, state, and local partners including land trusts working together towards common goals."

The pioneering North Quabbin Regional Conservation Partnership is already putting climate science to work to inform long-term planning in central Massachusetts. Find out where a new resilience map developed with support from OSI has taken the North Quabbin partnership in a feature story on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Conserving the Nature of the Northeast blog. 

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