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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Development and Evaluation of Climate Change Adaptation Tools

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Ongoing

Overview

The conservation community has long discussed the need to develop a tool to assess the effectiveness and utility of adaptation approaches at creating resilient landscapes of natural communities and associated species assemblages under global change impacts. Through collaborations with multiple management partners, this project will develop and evaluate various adaptation approaches. Most notably, the project team will produce a Landscape Health Index (LHI) for the Missouri Department of Conservation, a tool that will assess and monitor the impacts of conservation efforts on the health of species and habitats at broader scales (e.g., at the COA level) amidst global change processes. Investigators are also using assisted migration to re-establish a population of brown-headed nuthatch to a climate-adapted forest communtiy that is being restored in Missouri's Ozarks. 

Presentations

Stanton. 2020. Computing a Landscape Health Index for Missouri’s Priority Geographies, LHI Workshop for MDC LHI Team, Jeffereson City, MO, US. 4 April, 2020.
Bonnot. 2020.LHI Team Discussion. Introduction & Progress. Workshop for LHI Team, Jeffereson City, MO, US. 4 April, 2020.
Bonnot, T.W. 2020. Landscape Health Index: Update and Progress. Midwest Landscape Initiative: Habitat Working Group. Webinar. 1 April, 2020.
Bonnot, T.W. 2019. Landscape Health Index: Update and Progress. Midwest Landscape Initiative: Habitat Working Group. Webinar.
Kendrick, S., T.W. Bonnot, and F.R. Thompson III. 2019. Brown-headed nuthatch reintroduction: supporting work. Arkansas Game Fish and Parks-U.S. Forest Service. Annual Cooperative Agenda Planning Meeting. Russellville AR.