WMI Special Sessions: Climate Adaptation Action and Dynamic Learning

Thu, March 11, 2021, 8:00 am - Thu, March 11, 2021, 10:00 am

Climate change impacts on natural and managed systems have been well documented over the last decade indicating an urgent need to act by implementing adaptation strategies and tactics to adapt to a changing climate across land ownerships. Over the past few years, federal and state agencies and conservation organizations have identified a variety of climate adaptation approaches using different tactics and scales. However, many practitioners have struggled with how best to incorporate climate change projections and what actions to undertake given limited budget and personnel resources and competing priorities. This session will offer an organizational systems approach to climate adaptation and will highlight several case studies by leading practitioners. Each case study will discuss innovative approaches, share lessons learned, and identify parameters for success in climate adaptation efforts. Session participants will be encouraged to engage with practitioners and one another on challenges across technical disciplines, agency jurisdictions and land ownership, to increase participants knowledge of strategies to implement climate change adaptation tactics in the right place, at the right time, and at the right scale. The time to put action on the ground is NOW.

8:00 am

Welcome and Setting the Stage

Cynthia West, USDA Forest Service

8:15 am

Crowdsourcing to Develop High-Resolution Climate Information and User Community Engagement

Daniel Isaak, USDA Forest Service

8:30 am

Gunnison Basin Wet Meadow Restoration-Resilience Building Project

Matt Vasquez, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests

8:45 am

State Forestry Action Plans Addressing Climate Change: Adaptation Leadership

Marvin Brown, National Association of State Foresters

9:00 am

Working Lands for Wildlife: A Landscape Approach to Building Climate Resilience Across Private Lands

Martin Lowenfish and Tim Griffiths, NRCS

9:25 am

Working Across Boundaries

Maggie Ernest Johnson, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

9:40 am Group Panel and Audience Engagement
10:00 am Adjourn