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Research Project: Enhancing Drought Resilience via Assessment, Collaboration and Coordination

Location: Range Management Research

Project Number: 3050-11210-009-62-A
Project Type: Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jul 15, 2019
End Date: Feb 28, 2021

Objective:
Forestry Municipal Adaptation Project: In partnership with the USDA Southwest Climate Hub and the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), Colorado State University (CSU) will collaborate on an effort to incorporate climate change considerations in managing forests to enhance carbon sequestration with a southwestern municipality.

Approach:
Develop and facilitate a workshop that utilizes the NIACS and ASCC co-development framework that engages managers, stakeholders, and scientists in conversations around climate adaptation and mitigation; Provide tools and resources to help the municipality consider how climate change may affect their lands and what options they have for responding to changing conditions; Assess current risks, plans, and practices to build resiliency into policies, actions, and investments across natural resource sectors within the city to align with Resiliency Frameworks; and Engage with the municipality to establish a collaborative, long-term roadmap for action. The anticipated outcome of this engagement is a peer-reviewed workshop report and municipal project adaptation plan.