Adding Climate Smart Principles to Habitat Conservation Planning

There is increasing interest in climate change adaptation, particularly since the release of the President’s Executive Order on Climate Preparedness in November, 2013, yet many field staff remain uncertain how to put adaptation into practice. The goal of this project is to bridge the gap between the wealth of high-level climate adaptation guidance and the field staff who carry out specific regulatory processes, specifically Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs).

Following best practices from the literature on linking science and management, this project will:

  • Map the current HCP development and approval process in Region 8,
  • Identify where and how in that process climate considerations could come into play,
  • Create brief guidance documents geared towards helping field staff integrate climate change into HCPs.

This is a target of opportunity project.

Project Documents:

Theme: Climate Change, Socioeconomic

Project start date:

Fiscal year funded: 2014

Project status: Active

Project managers: Todd Hopkins, Great Basin LCC; Mary Mahaffey, North Pacific LCC; Rebecca Fris, California LCC; Aimee Roberson, Desert Southwest LCC; Dan Cox, US FWS; and Jennie Hoffman, Adaptation/Insight.