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Climate Change and Resiliency On the Road 

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NEW YORK, NY —September 16, 2015 — Climate change is among today’s most urgent – and challenging—conservation issues. And OSI has taken the lead in helping the field to adapt to this new reality.  One way we do this is by promoting and demystifying the use of resilience science — an innovative new approach to protecting biodiversity in an era of environmental uncertainty.  

Next month, Research Director Abigail Weinberg will be bringing that message to a wider audience.  Along with a contingent of OSI staff, she’ll be heading to Sacramento, California for Rally 2015, the National Land Conservation Conference sponsored by the Land Trust Alliance.  There, on October 8, she will lead an in-depth seminar on Integrating Climate Change into Your Land Protection Priorities  for an audience of practitioners from as far west as Alaska and as far south as Chile.

Abby’s half-day workshop will train participants in the techniques and tools of conservation planning by looking at landscapes through the lens of climate resilience.  This new science lets us better understand the physical characteristics that provide plants and animals with access to the habitat and movement options they need—even as the climate changes. Combined with the traditional tools of the land-trust trade, this knowledge can help practitioners identify the best places to protect for the long term.                    

Featuring step-by-step presentations, case studies, and hands-on breakout sessions, the workshop will cover:

  • how to identify resilient features  of a site and a landscape
  • concepts relevant to protecting terrestrial, fresh water and coastal systems
  • how land trusts have begun to integrate resilience into planning at site and regional scales
  • how practitioners can describe the work they are already doing in terms of its climate benefits for trustees, funders and other key stakeholders

Besides Abby, co-presenters will include  Mark Anderson,  director of conservation science at The Nature Conservancy; Sarah Hardgrave, an environmental planner with the Big Sur Land Trust, and Sarah Wells, coordinator of the North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership (NQRLP). Information on the session can be read here.

Though registration for the session has closed, we expect the larger conversation to continue for the duration of the Rally and beyond. If you plan to attend, be sure to say “hello” and bring us your climate-related questions and ideas.












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