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Climate change planning for the Great Plains: Wildlife vulnerability assessment and potential for mitigation with grazing management

Dates

Start Date
2010-05-25
End Date
2010-10-05

Summary

While we assessed the vulnerability of a number of different wildlife and plant species to climate change, none of those species exhibited high vulnerability to changes projected for the region and there was limited differentiation in vulnerability between the individual species. Given this shared level of vulnerability to climate change, we chose to focus our adaptation planning on grassland birds as they represent a large group with a diversity of habitat needs. These birds are obligate grassland wildlife species which have great potential to act as indicators for habitat quality since different species have distinct habitat structure needs. Participants in the adaptation planning workshop agreed that if the GP LCC is to meet the [...]

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Contacts

Principal Investigator :
Steve Zack
Co-Investigator :
Kevin Ellison, Molly Cross, Erika Rowland
Lead Organization :
Wildlife Conservation Society
Funding Agency :
Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative

Purpose

A stated purpose of the Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GP LCC) is to conduct applied science and make that information accessible to on-the-ground the managers to help the community of decision-makers in the GP LCC understand how to approach landscape-scale management in light of stressors such as climate change. To address this need, we executed a short-term project for the GP LCC to assess the vulnerability of grassland-dependent wildlife to climate change impacts in the GP LCC geography with the following as deliverables: Vulnerability assessments for key grassland wildlife; Workshop of experts for a climate change adaptation planning exercise; and Summary report and draft outreach materials. Vulnerability assessments for key grassland wildlife; Workshop of experts for a climate change adaptation planning exercise; and Summary report and draft outreach materials.

Project Extension

projectStatusCompleted
projectProducts
productDescriptionVulnerability assessments of species associated with grazing systems in the GPLCC.
statusDelivered

Budget Extension

totalFunds85892.0
annualBudgets
year2010
fundingSources
amount60767.0
sourceGP LCC
amount25125.0
sourceMatch: US GS; Doris Duke Foundation; Denver Zoological Foundation
totalFunds85892.0

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