Webinar: Incorporating climate change adaptation into grizzly bear connectivity restoration actions in southwestern Montana

Event Type: 
GNLCC Webinar
Date and Time: 
Jul 1, 2014 (All day)

Time: 10am Mountain / 9am Pacific

Host: GNLCC Rocky Mountain Partner Forum

Presenter: Jeff Burrell, Northern Rockies Program Coordinator, Wildlife Conservation Society

Restoring grizzly bear connectivity across southwestern Montana is a widely held wildlife conservation priority.  Climate change considerations reinforce the importance of this goal, but add challenges.  While grizzly bears are inherently adaptable, whether they can successfully adapt to climate change depends in part on how effectively we restore connections that will remain functional as climate changes.  Combining field-based grizzly bear habitat research with connectivity modeling can help prioritize connectivity restoration actions at a spatial scale needed by managers under current climate conditions, and provide guidance for developing a climate change adaptation strategy.  Specifically, we can use knowledge gained to help assess and develop actions to mitigate climate change vulnerability of linkages. By doing so, we can have greater confidence that the value of actions taken now to restore grizzly bear connectivity will endure in the face of climate change. 

Jeff Burrell is the Northern Rockies Program Coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society. Jeff joined WCS in 2003 and has a Master's of Science degree in Range and Wildlife Management and a Master's of Science degree in Geology and Geophysics from Texas Tech University.  He has more than 30 years of experience in stream and riparian habitat restoration in the western U.S.  In addition to developing and overseeing implementation of WCS conservation strategy in the Northern Rockies, Jeff leads WCS efforts to restore riparian corridors to improve wildlife connectivity in the region.