Innovative Land and Water Management Can Help Safeguard Ecosystems From Climate Impacts

Collected resources show how state and federal agencies can plan better and adopt science-based practices

Long yellow and purple blooms fill a meadow with a rocky plateau and gently rolling hills in the distance under a blue sky.
Lupine flowers carpet the Owyhee Uplands near Three Fingers Rock, an area in southeastern Oregon managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
Mark Lisk

By mapping and monitoring natural areas and using climate models that project future conditions, scientists can identify landscapes that support the greatest variety of species and could remain relatively buffered from the effects of climate change over time. Conservation of these areas can help preserve species, provide people and communities with clean air and water, protect cultural resources, and sustain economies.

The resources collected here reflect The Pew Charitable Trusts’ efforts to support federal and state landscape management plans that use science to predict conditions—such as where temperatures might become hotter, how much sea levels will rise, or where catastrophic wildfires might occur—and address the impacts on ecosystems.

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