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.
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.
This project uses existing decision support tools (DSTs) in a scenario planning analysis for the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project (SBSPRP) as a case study that other bayland managers can reference for best practices for using these DSTs for adaptation planning. The Point Blue Conservation Science project team worked with the SBSPRP Management Team to engage in a scenario planning analysis to evaluate their adaptive management plan for tidal marsh restoration and salt pond management in the context of sea-level rise.
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.
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.
This project assesses the potential effects of climate change on tidal marsh habitats and bird populations, identifies priority sites for tidal marsh conservation and restoration, and developes a web-based mapping tool for managers to interactively display and query results in the San Francisco Bay. Management actions that are robust or that fail under the climate change scenarios can be identified through the mapping tool.
The Upland Habitat Goals project is a science-based process using existing data supplemented by expert opinion to identify a Conservation Lands Network for biodiversity preservation to inform conservation investments. The final report recommends the types, amounts and distribution of habitats, linkages, compatible uses and the ecological processes needed to sustain diversity. Other products include an online decision support tool and access to a GIS database.
In this project, scientists identified climate change refugia and connectivity between meadows across the Sierra Nevada and used data on persistence, stability, and genetic diversity of mammal populations to validate these hypotheses. Incorporating landscape features such as availability of water, topography, and roads, the project team developed a method to map well-connected meadows and examine the potential changes to the nature of those connections.
The California Invasive Plant Council developed a “risk mapping” approach that combines comprehensive distribution maps with maps of current and future suitable range to show where invasive species are likely to spread.