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Tuesday, November 3 • 3:40pm - 4:00pm
Conserving Nature’s State and the Resilient Landscapes Initiative: Putting into Practice a Strategy for Wildlife in a Changing Climate

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David Ray, The Open Space Institute

Wildlife and its habitat have adapted to climate changes for ages by shifting distributions, colonizing and establishing new territory, finding suitable micro-climates that allow them to persist, and producing offspring whose characteristics enhance adaptation. The problem is that that this takes time—generations—but the climate is changing faster than at any time in recorded history, and the landscape is fragmented by roads, dams, development, and other barriers to movement. How do we ensure that the southeastern landscape will continue to support its vast wildlife and botanical diversity? That nature will continue to provide the wealth of materials, food, medicines and clean water we depend on? The Nature Conservancy’s resilience analysis has identified the places where the land’s inherent natural resilience is the highest. Three characteristics are key: diverse topography provides micro-climate options; local connectedness provides access to those options; and diverse elevation and soil/geology combinations provide different settings to meet different species needs. Many new and comprehensive datasets were used to map the locations of these “natural strongholds” that are most likely to buffer wildlife from the uncertain qualities and effects of climate change. The Open Space Institute has partnered with TNC and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to put the resilience science and data into action through the Resilient Landscapes Initiative, including land protection funding totaling $11 million and over a dozen “catalyst” conservation planning projects. This presentation will discuss the underlying science and data, lessons learned, relevance to SWAPs, and balancing biotic and abiotic information.

Tuesday November 3, 2015 3:40pm - 4:00pm EST
Ballroom Salon B

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