While this project and collaboration are not taking place in the South Atlantic LCC, this is a great example of how different agencies and organizations can work together to adapt existing tools to their needs. By doing so they are furthering conservation goals of everyone involved while not duplicating efforts.
What do EcoAdapt, the California LCC and the Region 5 Forest Service have in common? Well, probably quite a few things, but the one thing that is new and exciting is their collaboration and use of the Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO) for planning purposes. As the initial work plan was being developed for the upcoming Forest Plan Revisions for the Southern Sierra National Forests (Inyo, Sierra, and Sequoia NFs) in the Forest Service’s Region 5, the California LCC released a Request for Proposals that was perfectly suited to fund a Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Strategy to support the forest planning process. Because the LCC includes more than the national forest lands, the workplan was extended to include a bioregional assessment for the Sierra Nevada mountains. The goal for the project is to conduct a vulnerability assessment for resources of management focus in the Sierra Nevada and develop and adaptation strategy to conserve these resources in the face of climate change. Information generated from TACCIMO will feed into the vulnerability assessment as part of the forest plan revision.
More information can be found in a webinar that gives a great overview of what the Forest Service, EcoAdapt, the California LCC and others have been collaboratively working on using TACCIMO as a resource. From the webinar you will see how TACCIMO provides a great literature basis to begin vulnerability assessments, as well as how TACCIMO’s ability to capture fine-scale, species-specific impacts allows users to easily identify peer-reviewed sources to understand the vulnerability of focal resources.