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The National Park Service (NPS) is responsible for managing livestock grazing in nearly 100 parks, and several park grazing management planning efforts are currently underway. However, there is a recognized need to update grazing management practices to be responsive and adaptive to future climate change. As a step toward developing a process to address this need, this project worked with Dinosaur National Monument to consider climate change in its grazing management planning process. In this project, we convened researchers, managers, subject-matter experts, and climate change adaptation specialists through a participatory climate change scenario planning workshop to develop and apply a small set of challenging,...
Final Report: Enabling Climate-Informed Planning and Decisions about Species of Conservation Concern in the North Central Region: Phase 2
Time and money for conservation are limited, so there is a need for responsible investments that embrace the realities of climate change. Droughts, floods, wildfires, hotter temperatures, declining snowpack, and changing streamflow are already significantly affecting wildlife and their habitats. In some cases, managers may decide to make strategic adjustments in how their actions are designed, where those actions are located, and when actions are needed most, in order to achieve management goals. A key part of making these forward-looking decisions is having access to climate information that can be integrated into an agency’s decision-making process. When science is conducted without an understanding of how that...
Final Report: Building Social and Ecological Resilience to Climate Change in southwestern Colorado: Phase 2
Categories: Publication; Types: Citation, Report; Tags: Data Visualization & Tools, North Central CASC, Science Tools For Managers, Social Science, climate change,
Final Report: Supporting Tribal Climate Adaptation in the Northern Rockies and Northern Plains Region
We conducted a workshop for tribes in the north central region who are in some stage of climate adaptation planning or implementation. This was a partnership between Colorado State University, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and ITEP (Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals) Climate Change Program. We built upon ITEPs climate adaptation training and tailored it to the specific needs of tribes in the region. We originally planned to develop the next iteration (“2.0”) of ITEP training to help tribes who need support with their plans and implementing their plans. However, upon surveying the tribes in the region, we quickly learned that there was a wide range of development along a spectrum from...
Ungulate populations across the West have adapted to specific patterns in forage quantity, quality, and timing that ultimately influence the number of animals. We assessed potential for climate change to affect forage quality and availability for ungulates in the West. First, we evaluated multiple satellite remote sensing datasets and found that in some parts of the western U.S., growing season dates have shifted by over 30 days. We found agreement in the direction of recent trends in growing season dates across ~60% of the West. Substantial shifts in vegetation timing can have outsized effects on the wildlife that depend on matching migration timing to spring green up. For example, migrating mule deer follow the...
Changing climate conditions can make water management planning and drought preparedness decisions more complicated than ever before. Federal and State natural resource managers can no longer rely solely on historical trends as a baseline and thus are in need of science that is relevant to their specific needs to inform important planning decisions. Questions remain, however, regarding the most effective and efficient methods for extending scientific knowledge and products into management and decision-making. This project analyzed two unique cases of water management to better understand how science can be translated into resource management actions and decision-making, focusing particularly on how the context of...
Categories: Publication; Types: Citation, Report; Tags: Drought, Drought, Fire and Extreme Weather, North Central CASC, Science Tools for Managers, Social Science,