Building Habitat Connectivity for Climate Adaptation; Mayacamas to Berryessa Coast Ranges, California

The goal of this project is to tap into recent advances in habitat mapping, threat assessment, and climate change projections to co-produce a scientifically sound multi-county habitat connectivity roadmap for the region spanning from the Mayacamas Mountains to the new Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in concert with local land managers.

Fighting drought with fire: Can prescribed fire increase forest resistance to drought?

Has prescribed fire removed enough small trees so that remaining trees have sufficient moisture to survive the extended drought? The answer to this question has profound implications for forest management over the coming decades as drought stress on our forests is expected to increase rapidly.

The severe drought extending from 2012 to 2015 across much of California provides a remarkable natural experiment to test whether prescribed fire creates conditions where forests are resistant to drought.

Decision Support for Meadow Conservation and Restoration in the Sierra Nevada Ecoregion

The project will develop a vulnerability assessment of Sierra Nevada meadows and develop a decision framework that provides guidance on where to focus restoration and conservation actions based on meadow vulnerability assessment results. This framework can then be incorporated into existing meadow prioritizations to allow practitioners to more rigorously consider climate impacts and adaptation options.

Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning for National Forest Lands in Southern California

This project will conduct a vulnerability assessment, develop climate‐smart adaptation strategies and actions, and generate implementation plans for focal habitats of the South and Central Coast regions of the CALCC, with a specific focus on four Southern California National Forests (Angeles, San Bernardino, Cleveland, Los Padres). This effort will provide information and tools for USFS planning and management (e.g., NEPA analyses, Forest Plan Revisions, Climate Change Performance Scorecard – “Scorecard”) and other natural

Incorporating Climate-Smart Adaptive Strategies into Wetlands Recovery in Coastal Southern California

Wetland heterogeneity along the Southern California coast combined with the variety of infrastructure constraints and other anthropogenic stressors makes it difficult for managers to know which tools to use and how to best apply them to inform restoration and management for their specific circumstance. This project develops a method for managers to assess climate change vulnerabilities at specific wetland locations.

Implementing Climate‐Smart Restoration along California’s Central Coast

When restored, this floodplain corridor on the Upper Pajaro River will connect 2 million acres of core habitat in adjacent uplands and link exceptionally rich natural communities in three climatically diverse coastal mountain ranges. This project will develop a suite of climate-smart restoration practices in the Central Coast Ecoregion and pilot those practices on the Upper Pajaro River as a case study.

Structured Decision Making for Conserve San Francisco Bay Tidal Marsh Ecosystems

This project brings together natural resource managers, conservation coordinators and planners, and scientists within the San Francisco Bay to develop a spatially-explicit decision framework that accounts for uncertainties about climate change. Management priorities will be those that yield the greatest expected conservation benefits across the Bay considering multiple objectives including endangered species recovery, tidal marsh ecosystem integrity and services, and human health and safety over the next century.

Impacts of Climate Change on Ecology and Habitats of Waterbirds in the Central Valley

This project will develop landscape change scenarios based upon water availability and precipitation and temperature patterns projected from downscaled models and investigate impacts of these changes on habitats and ecology of waterfowl, shorebirds, and other waterbirds in the Central Valley. The goal of this work is to work with the Central Valley Joint Venture to adapt the scenario modeling project results and modeling tool so they can be used to incorporate climate, urbanization, and water supply management impacts on waterbird habitats into its conservation planning.

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