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Climate Change Toolbox

This toolbox provides information about climate change and wilderness. It includes management guidelines and strategies, a glossary, and other resources you may find useful. In addition to the resources provided here, you may also be able to obtain advice and recommendations through discussion on Wilderness Connect. Date of last update: 12/27/12.
  1. Effects of Climate Change on Wilderness and Protected Areas
    1. Overview
    2. Climate Change and Species Conservation
    3. Climate Change and Ecosystem Management
    4. Climate Change, Fire and Ecosystems in the U.S.
    5. Climate Change and Invasive Species
    6. Climate Change and Water
    7. Annotated Bibliography
  2. Management Guidelines and Strategies
    1. North American Intergovernmental Committee on Cooperation for Wilderness and Protected Area Conservation: Climate Change Brochure
    2. Federal Agency Strategies
    3. DOI
      1. Secretarial Order #3289
      2. Interior's Plan for a Coordinated, Science-Based Response to Climate Change Impacts on Our Land, Water, and Wildlife Resources
    4. BLM
      1. 2015 Strategic Plan
    5. FS
      1. Strategic Framework for Responding to Climate Change, v. 1.0
      2. Climate Change and Wilderness Briefing Paper - short
      3. Climate Change and Wilderness Briefing Paper - long
      4. Global Climate Change Research Strategy
      5. National Roadmap for Responding to Climate Change
      6. A Performance Scorecard for Implementing the FS Climate Change Strategy
      7. Wilderness and Climate Change - A Vital Connection
    6. FWS
      1. Climate Change Sharepoint Site
      2. Climate Change Strategic Plan Overview
      3. Climate Change Strategic Plan
      4. Climate Change Strategic Plan FAQs
      5. Regions 2 and 8 Workshop Report: Putting Knowledge into Action
      6. Region 7 Workshop Report: Wildlife Response to Environmental Arctic Change
    7. NPS
      1. Climate Change Program Brief: Law and Policy Working Group
      2. Jon Jarvis Congressional Committee Briefing: Impacts of Climate Change on America's National Parks
      3. Climate Change Action Plan 2012-2014
      4. Climate Change Response Strategy
  3. Glossary
  4. Resources, Publications, Whitepapers
    1. Selected Non-Technical Resources on Climate Change and Wilderness
      1. Websites
        1. Interagency Wilderness Policy Dialogue on Wilderness and Climate Change, August 2009
          A series of presentations given by scientists and managers about how climate change will affect wilderness.
        2. Fish and Wildlife Service Climate Change website
        3. Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center
        4. National Park Service Climate Change Response Program
        5. USGS Office of Global Change website
        6. USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center
        7. U.S. Global Change Research Program
        8. U.S. Government Accountability Office. 2007. Climate change: agencies should develop guidance for addressing the effects on Federal land and water resources. GAO-07-863
      2. Scientific Publications
        1. Baron, J.S., L. Gunderson, C.D. Allen, E. Fleishman, D. McKenzie, L.A. Meyerson, J. Oropeza, and N. Stephenson. 2009. Options for national parks and reserves for adapting to climate change. Environmental Management 44:1033-1042.
        2. Baron et. al. Some Guidelines for Helping Natural Resources Adapt to Climate Change
        3. Belant, J.L., E.A. Beever, J.E. Gross, J.L. Lawler. 2010. Ecological responses to contemporary climate change within species, communities, and ecosystems. Conservation Biology 24:7-9.
        4. Brooke, C. 2008. Conservation and adaptation to climate change. Conservation Biology 22:1471-1476.
        5. Bunn, A.G. 2009. The rock and ice problem in national parks: an opportunity for monitoring climate change impacts. Park Science 26(1):17-21.
        6. Frelich, L.E., and P.B. Reich. Wilderness Conservation in an Era of Global Warming and Invasive Species: A Case Study from Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
        7. Gillson, L., and K.J. Willis. 2004. "As Earth's testimonies tell": wilderness conservation in a changing world. Ecology Letters 7:990-998.
        8. Griffith, B., J.M. Scott, R. Adamcik, D. Ashe, B. Czech, R. Fischman, P. Gonzalez, J. Lawler, A.D. McGuire, and A. Pidgorna. 2009. Climate change adaptation for the US National Wildlife Refuge System. Environmental Management 44:1043-1052.
        9. Hannah, L., G. Midgley, S. Andelman, M. Aranujo, G. Hughes, E. Martinez-Meyer, R. Pearson, and P. Williams. 2007. Protected area needs in a changing climate. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 5:131-138.
        10. Hansen, L., J. Hoffman, C. Drews, and E. Mielbrecht. 2009. Designing climate-smart conservation: guidance and case studies. Conservation Biology 24:63-69.
        11. Heinz Center. 2008. Strategies for managing the effects of climate change on wildlife and ecosystems
        12. Heller, N.E., and E.S. Zavaleta. 2009. Biodiversity management in the face of climate change: a review of 22 years of recommendations. Biological Conservation 142:14-32.
        13. Hobbs et. al. Guiding Concepts for Park and Wilderness Stewardship in an Era of Global Environmental Change
        14. Joyce, L.A., G.M. Blate, S.G. McNulty, C.I. Millar, S. Moser, R.P. Neilson, and D.L. Peterson. 2009. Managing for multiple resources under climate change: National Forests. Environmental Management 44:1022-1032.
        15. Locke, H., and B. Mackey. 2009. The nature of climate change. International Journal of Wilderness 15(2):7-13,14.
        16. Mawdsley, J.R., R.O'Malley, and D.S. Ojima. 2009. A review of climate-change adaptation strategies for wildlife management and biodiversity conservation. Conservation Biology 23:1080-1089.
        17. Moritz, C., J.L. Patton, C.J. Conroy, J.L. Parra, G.C. White, and S.R. Beissinger. 2008. Impact of a century of climate change on small-mammal communities in Yosemite National Park, USA. Science 322:261-264.
        18. Olson, D., M. O'Connell, Y. Fang, J. Burger. 2009. Managing for climate change within protected area landscapes. Natural Areas Journal 29:394-399.
        19. Parmesan, C. 2006. Ecological and evolutionary responses to recent climate change. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 37:637-669.
        20. Post, E., and many other authors. 2009. Ecological dynamics across the arctic associated with recent climate change. Science 325:1355-1358.
        21. Welling, L. Responding to the challenge of climate change: NPS strategies
        22. West, J.M., S.H. Julius, P. Kareiva, C. Enquist, J.J. Lawler, B. Peterson, A.E. Johnson, and M.R. Shaw. 2009. U.S. natural resources and climate change: concepts and approaches for management adaptation. Environmental Management 44:1001-1021.
    2. White Papers
      1. Implications of Climate Change for Wilderness Policy
      2. Climate Change Research in Wilderness
      3. Common Ecological Myths about Wilderness