Development of the Wildlife Adaptation Menu for Resource Managers

Fiscal Year: 
FY'17
Project Leader: 
Research Partners: 
Chris Hoving (Michigan Department of Natural Resources), Benjamin Zuckerberg (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Stephen Handler (U.S. Forest Service/ Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science), Chris Swanston (U.S. Forest Service/ Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science)
Status: 
Ongoing
Science Themes: 

 The Climate Change Response Framework is an example of a collaborative, cross-boundary approach to create a set of tools, partnerships, and actions to support climate-informed conservation and land management. Historically, this effort has focused on the needs of forest managers and forestry professionals. In recent years, however, there has been increasing demand for science and tools to address climate change adaptation in wildlife management and conservation. Not only do wildlife and resource managers need the best available science, it must also be presented in a usable format with feasible options within the purview of an individual manager.

The research team is first completing a comprehensive review of peer-reviewed studies to summarize what wildlife-related management actions currently exist in climate change adaptation. They will then develop and test a “menu” of climate change adaptation actions that are suitable for wildlife management in terrestrial ecosystems. This Wildlife Adaptation Menu will be modeled off existing adaptation menus for Forestry and Urban Forestry, and it will be designed to be used in conjunction with the Adaptation Workbook. In addition to a menu of adaption strategies and approaches, the scientists will also identify site-level tactics and develop case studies demonstrating the use and implementation of the menu. To ensure that information and tools meet the needs of managers, the team is involving and integrating input from wildlife managers at every step of the process. Managers will be involved in scoping the project, testing the menu, and implementing the menu. 

Presentations: 
  • Swanston, C. “Developing a Wildlife Menu for the Climate Adaptation Workbook,” AFWA Climate Change Committee,  AFWA Annual Meeting, Snowbird, UT 9/11/2017.