Framework provides steps for climate adaptation of cold-water species
Given the complexity and uncertainty of conserving cold-water adapted species in an era of rapid climate change and the limited resources available for conservation, choices about where to invest conservation dollars require defensible and transparent decision making.
In collaboration with the Great Northern LCC, Dr. Molly Cross of the Wildlife Conservation Society and others developed A Three-Step Decision Support Framework for Climate Adaptation. This decision support framework provides guidance on using available climate science to set forward-looking conservation goals and select among a menu of climate adaptation strategies. The framework is designed to catalyze adaptation actions by bridging recent advances in climate science and adaptation planning, while also helping managers document how climate change information was incorporated into their management decisions.
The authors worked with U.S. Forest Service managers at the Custer Gallatin National Forest, Montana, to tailor the framework for decisions about native salmonid conservation. The framework is intended to be a 'living document' that can be continually improved as it gets tested and used. It also offers an approach to incorporating climate change into conservation decisions that can be applied to other species or ecosystem targets of concern.