The Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool is designed to inform and inspire local action to protect the Commonwealth’s natural resources in a changing climate. This Tool focuses on providing information for a range of local decision-makers, including conservation practitioners, landowners, municipal agencies, and community leaders, seeking to conduct on-the-ground climate change adaptation efforts.
With this tool, users can:
1) Access information on climate change impacts and vulnerabilities of fish and wildlife species and associated habitats;
2) Explore adaptation strategies and actions to help maintain healthy, resilient natural communities based on location and area of interest; and
3) Find additional resources to help guide decision-making and actions.
Initial development of the tool is focused on fish and wildlife species, forests and forestry practices, aquatic and terrestrial connectivity (with a focus on roads and culverts), land protection, and conservation planning.
Although this tool was designed for decision-making in the state of Massachusetts, it provides broadly relevant climate and adaptation information, and can serve as a model for related efforts across the entire Northeast region.
This tool has been developed by the Massachusetts Climate Adaptation Partnership -- a diverse team of experts from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the Department of Interior’s Northeast Climate Science Center, and the USGS Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.
Tools and Products
- Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center Webinar: "Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool" presented December 2, 2015 by Scott Jackson, UMass Amherst; John O'Leary, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife; and Michelle Staudinger, NE CASC.
- News: NE CASC Receives Adaptation Awards at National Adaptation Forum NE CASC and UMass Media Relations, May 8, 2017
- News: Spending time on Cape leaves lasting impact by Matthew Beaton, Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Cape Cod Times, April 18, 2016.
- News: How to help wildlife cope with climate change in The Wildlife Society Journal, February 24, 2016