Are you worried about the impacts of climate change on the wildlife, natural resources or infrastructure you care about ? Do you feel overwhelmed by the information available but still not sure what local actions you can take to help prepare for the changes ahead?
The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and the DOI Northeast Climate Science Center are partnering to develop a Fish and Wildlife Climate Action Tool for local decision-makers, conservation organizations, landowners, municipal agencies, and community leaders across the state. The tool is designed to promote action to maintain healthy, resilient natural resources and communities by providing easy access to spatially relevant climate change information and adaptation guidance. Based on your location and management needs the tool will deliver information on climate change impacts and vulnerability, and identify potential adaptation strategies to begin addressing these challenges.
The initial development of the tool will likely consider data on fish and wildlife species, forests and forestry, aquatic connectivity given roads and culverts, land protection and conservation planning, and include specific guidance for developing climate change adaptation strategies.
Now we want to hear from you. What information does your organization need to maintain resilient wildlife, natural resources, and local communities as the climate changes? Please help us build a tool that will support the efforts of leaders like you by completing our online questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MassFishWildlifeClimateActionTool
Top photo: Piping plover next (credit: US FWS)