Conservation planning

TBC3 is working to incorporate climate changes into the Conservation Lands Network (CLN) for the San Francisco Bay Area. The CLN was designed as a land acquisition guide for biodiversity conservation and recommendations were based on detailed vegetation cover analysis and the targeting of locations with specific species populations and environmental characteristics. TBC3’s goal is to ensure that the network is adaptive in the shifting climate of the 21st century. First, we are exploring how the incorporation of climatic based targets affects the resilience of the network to climate change. Second, we are applying these results to recommend prioritization, shifts or expansion of the CLN. Third, we are using the high- resolution climate layers to develop a spatially specific adaptation management framework. Project is underway and results are expected in the fall of 2013.

Project contact: Nicole Heller, Duke University – nicole.heller@duke.edu