The goals of
this project are to conduct a vulnerability assessment, develop climate-smart
adaptation strategies and actions, and generate implementation plans for focal resources
of Southern California, with a specific focus on four National Forests
(Angeles, San Bernardino, Cleveland, Los Padres). This effort will
provide information and tools for USFS planning and management (e.g., Forest
Plan Revisions, Climate Change Performance Scorecard) and other natural
resource management and conservation efforts to prepare for climate change
impacts in Southern California.
- Establish a science-management partnership involving multiple agencies and stakeholders to assess climate change impacts to natural resources and identify adaptation actions
- Collaboratively identify focal resources (e.g., habitat types, species)
- Lead a vulnerability assessment of focal resources and develop associated adaptation strategies to help build resistance, enhance resilience, or facilitate ecological transitions
- Develop implementation plans that lead to on-the-ground adaptation actions
- Educate and engage with resource managers and planners, conservation practitioners, and others to provide tools and resources that can be applied in their own work
This project involves three workshops to be held in or near Southern California.
- Workshop 1: Selecting Focal Resources. We will convene a 1-day workshop with
scientists, resource managers, conservation practitioners, and other
stakeholders to collaboratively identify a suite of focal resources. We anticipate this workshop will be held sometime
during the week of November 17th. EcoAdapt will then work with scientific
experts to assess the vulnerabilities of selected resources.
- Workshop 2: Identifying
Adaptation Strategies. We will convene a two-day workshop with scientists,
managers, conservation practitioners, and others (including those who
participated in the first workshop) to use the findings of the vulnerability
assessment to inform the development of climate-smart adaptation strategies and
actions to conserve priority resources.
- Workshop 3: Developing
Implementation Plans. Participants from the first and second
workshops, as well as others, will convene during a 2-day workshop to explore
climate-informed scenarios and spatial analysis for the region. We will use the scenarios, spatial data, and previously generated adaptation strategies in order to develop
implementation plans that clearly lead to on-the-ground action.