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North Atlantic LCC Demonstration Project: Climate Adaptation in Appalachian Forests

Prioritize and Amplify Landscape Scale Conservation Efforts in the Appalachian Forests of the NALCC Geography

The goal of the project was to help more efficiently achieve a resilient Appalachian forest landscape within the NALCC geography that would be built upon a broadly shared vision for a sustainable, connected mosaic of forest habitats and waters that are home to thriving intact ecosystems and human communities. This project was intended to identify and showcase efforts that, in the light of advances in climate adaptation, best contribute to effective landscape conservation actions in the region.

Many landscape scale conservation efforts are currently underway within the NALCC geography. Recently, we have achieved significant advances in identifying ecological resource vulnerabilities and priority conservation areas in the region based upon geophysical setting, landscape permeability, and future change indicators. The efficient future allocation of limited conservation resources necessitates that we identify and showcase efforts that, in light of advances in climate adaptation science, best contribute to effective landscape scale conservation actions in the region.

This project was not completed, but the project timeline was not extended. This page will not be updated further.

LCC Staff Contact: Steve Fuller

NALCC funding: $20,000

Funding from other sources: $130,570

This NALCC demonstration project will cover a broadly defined super-region within the NALCC geography – the Appalachian forests that extend from the hills west of the Appalachian Mountains, east to the Piedmont. As such, it complements the local (Marsh Migration) and regional (White Mountains to Moosehead Lake) scale NALCC demonstration projects with which it is associated in this initial round of activity. Further, it will involve federal, state, local governments, and national, regional and local land trusts, and conservation partners at the local, regional and super-regional.