Climate Resilience Funding Guide

The Model Forestry Policy Program has compiled the Climate Resilience Funding Guide to help communities identify financial support for climate adaptation projects.

This guide identifies established funding programs that have evolved to provide funding for climate adaptation activities and matches those funding sources with local adaptation goals.

The Climate Resilience Funding Guide features 34 grant programs that support climate adaptation work.

Advocating for the Environment When Your Rural Town Won’t

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Environmental advocacy is difficult in the Trump era. In rural areas, it’s even harder. “To be personally attacked for speaking up, to be silenced, it was devastating to me,” says one resident who tried to fight fracking in her rural Pennsylvania county.

Coastal Hazard Wheel

The Coastal Hazard Wheel is a universal coastal adaptation support system that can be used for three main purposes:

  1. Multi-hazard-assessments at local, regional and national level
  2. Identification of hazard management options for a specific coastline
  3. As a standardized coastal language to communicate coastal information

Land Conservation in a Changing Climate: Stewardship Science and Financing

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The purpose of the 2016 Berkley Workshop was to explore some of the ways that land conservation groups might best respond to our changing climate, with particular emphasis on the science and finance guiding and enabling the stewardship of natural areas.

Among the major themes were the following:

  • While increasing numbers of land trusts are incorporating the changing climate into their work, important issues arise around how useful traditional tools will be, as well as whether many land trusts have the capacity to engage in the more active management of conserved lands that is likely to be required.
  • There are many ways that the stewardship of conserved lands may help address aspects of climate change, from storing carbon to mitigating flooding or heat waves. Capturing those benefits will require more systematic efforts to demonstrate that natural areas can provide those services in ways that fit infrastructure owners’ and investors’ decision-making contexts and criteria.
  • Sources of funding for conservation projects with climate benefits continue to expand in number and quantity. However, the site specificity of such projects raises real questions about how the volume of replicable investment opportunities that large investors are seeking can best be generated from such projects.
  • In addition to science and finance, the participants felt it was also critically important to engage on the social aspects of these topics–in particular, the need to expand the range of human communities that benefit from the climate and other services provided by conserved lands. Meeting this need will require new collaborations among conservation organizations and others working on topics from renewable energy to climate justice.

The Beaver Restoration Guidebook: Working with Beaver to Restore Streams, Wetlands, and Floodplains Version 2.0

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This guidebook provides a practical synthesis of the best available science for using beaver to improve ecosystem functions. If you are a restoration practitioner, land manager, landowner, restoration funder, project developer, regulator, or other interested cooperator, this guidebook is for you.

Our overall goal is to provide an accessible, useful resource for those involved in using beaver to restore streams, floodplains, wetlands, and riparian ecosystems. Although the guidebook summarizes current information about how to use beaver in restoration and conservation, the knowledge base on this subject is rapidly expanding. This means that not all of the information provided has been peer-reviewed in scientific journals; some of it is instead based on the real-life experience of restoration practitioners who are conducting ongoing experiments on using beaver to restore habitat. Thus the guidebook is a compilation of the current best available science, and we expect to update it regularly as the science progresses, readers provide information from their ongoing restoration experiments, or from restoration efforts of which we are currently unaware. See Table 1 for the different types of data presented in this document and the relative ranking we used for assessing scientific credibility.

Much of the information presented here is applicable across the beaver’s range, but the guidebook focuses on beaver restoration in the western United States. Much of the interest in beaver restoration is occurring in the context of restoring habitat for declining populations of Pacific salmon and trout while
simultaneously improving stream flows, particularly in drought-prone regions.

Rising from the ashes, a Buffalo suburb ends its dependence on coal

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Sixteen months ago, the coal-fired Huntley Generating Station, which sits on the banks of the Niagara River, stopped producing power for first time since World War I.

Erie County lost its largest air and water polluter. But the town of Tonawanda, a working class Buffalo suburb 13 miles downstream of America’s most storied waterfalls, also lost its biggest taxpayer.

The impact of Huntley’s decade-long slowdown — and finally shutdown — hit this upstate New York community like a punch to the gut.

Greener City Streets Aren’t Just About Traffic. They’re About Rainwater, Too.

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As cities push to become more environmentally friendly, transportation planners are being asked to consider how both traffic and water flows through their streets.