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Molly Cross

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Northeastern boreal forests are an important habitat type for many wildlife species, including migratory birds and moose. These animals play vital roles in the boreal forest ecosystem, are a source of pleasure for bird and wildlife watchers, and contribute to tourism revenue for many communities. However, moose and migratory birds are thought to be particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. For example, in New York’s Adirondack Park system, five species of boreal birds have shown occupancy declines of 15% or more. Meanwhile, moose are threatened by winter ticks that thrive in warmer climates and spread disease. A 2018 New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) report found that there...
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The workshop will focus on adaptation planning and action, how to link science to strategies to actions and scaling up (and down) within the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative region in terms of: assessing vulnerabilities, identifying adaptation options, prioritizing actions and sharing information on adaptation progress and lessons among practitioners in the region. This workshop is being led by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Center for Large Landscape Conservation and EcoAdapt.
We propose to expand the collaborative, landscape-scale, climate change planning initiated last year to increase management application in the Rocky Mountain region. We will assess and build upon the results of the previous year’s work on climate change adaptation planning for cold-water fish and their habitats by either providing further assistance for implementation, or repeating the planning process for another natural resource priority conservation target (depending on the needs and interests of the partners involved). This project will be implemented through the Rocky Mountain Partner Forum as a way to create a learning network through which partners can share information about emerging practices and strategies...
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