Shared Stories and Practices
New Guide Helps Conservationists Address Uncertain Futures
A new guide from the Service and Wildlife Conservation Society will help natural resource professionals address long-term, burgeoning threats such as climate change. Entitled, Considering Multiple Futures: Scenario Planning to Address Uncertainty in Natural Resource Conservation, the guide explains the core elements of scenario planning and includes 12 case studies that represent a variety of approaches for natural resource conservation
Planning for Climate Change on the National Wildlife Refuge System
The National Wildlife Refuge System is a network of lands and waters devoted to wildlife conservation. Spanning over 150 million acres, the System provides essential resources and protection for many of our nation's fish, wildlife and plants - many of which are susceptible to the negative impacts of climate change. The purpose of this document is to help Refuge System managers and planners prepare for these impacts and fulfill U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Department of Interior mandates to incorporate climate change considerations into planning documents. Designed especially for Refuge System personnel and Service-oriented issues, this guide includes over 500 literature citations and went through extensive review within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and partner organizations prior to production.
Biological Carbon Sequestration Accomplishments Report: Tracking Service Success on Refuges
Biological carbon sequestration can be an important tool for wildlife habitat creation and restoration. By building on opportunities and funding for sequestration activities, the Service can provide conservation gains through restoration and land protection while simultaneously reducing the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This new report presents a compendium of carbon sequestration management and research activities on Refuge System lands and waters from 2009-2013.
New Guide Provides Conservation Guidance in a Changing Climate
The Fish and Wildlife Service was pleased to be a member of the expert workgroup convened and led by the National Wildlife Federation that prepared the guide to climate smart conservation: Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice. The guide provides practical and straightforward advice on climate change adaptation planning, from identifying key management issues to developing and implementing sound adaptation actions, to monitoring the results.
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