Common-Sense Climate Adaptation Strategies for the Commonwealth

Project Description

This project assists Massachusetts wildlife agencies to ensure that strategies in the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan are adapted for climate change impacts, and that these climate-adapted strategies are adopted for implementation by the state agency and its implementation partners.

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: Yes
County: Worcester County, MA
Project Size:
  • 441.89 miles

Project Sites

  • Site 1

Goals and Targets

Primary Motivations:

  • Public Benefit
  • Conservation Mission

Primary Goals:

  • Ensuring that future conservation planning in the Commonwealth is "climate-smart".
    Progress: We have made great project toward our goal and state agencies are now working closely with us to incorporate climate change into their future conservation planning. By the fall of 2009 we will be be releasing a major public report(s) on the results of the project.

Consistent With Plans:

  • Habitat Conservation Plan
  • Conservation Plan
  • State Wildlife Action Plan

Targeted Habitats:

  • Aquatic
    • Estuarine
    • Lakes and Ponds
    • Rivers and Streams
  • Forests and Woodlands
    • Conifer Forests
    • Deciduous Forests and Woodlands
    • Mixed Hardwoods and Conifer
  • Shrublands and Grasslands
    • Shrublands and Steppe
  • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats
    • Forested or Shrub Wetlands and Swamps
    • Lowland Riparian Forests and Shrublands
    • Marshes, Bogs and Emergent Wetlands
    • Montane Riparian Forests and Shrublands

Targeted Species:

No targeted species were identified for this project.

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Other - Terrestrial habitat restoration and management: adaptation planning In Progress 2008 2009


Is the success of this project's actions being monitored? No/Unknown

Lessons Learned and/or Suggestions for Similar Activities
When working to modify state adaptation planning strategies and tactic s it is essential that state personnel be tightly involved in the process right from project planning state through to completion. Theses must be truly collaborative efforts if implementation of climate-smart solutions is the ultimate goal of the project

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Wildlife Conservation Society

Managing Organization

Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Contact Information

John O'Leary
Massachgusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife

General Information

Project #: 1758
Last Updated: January 17, 2011

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