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Southern California Climate Adaptation Project

Goals
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.

Approach
  • 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
Products

This project involves three workshops to be held in or near Southern California.