Successful management of natural and cultural resources needs to account for increasing stress due to climate change, wildfire, and anthropogenic disturbance and requires collaborative processes to identify effective strategies at landscape scales. Recognizing this need, the SRLCC is implementing a landscape conservation design framework to develop data and tools for use during land management planning, with relevance to multiple stakeholder groups. Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) scientists have partnered with the SRLCC to provide expertise and analytical data products to use towards this effort.
RMRS joined with the SRLCC to develop science and tools that address partner identified needs for management at the landscape scale. As part of this effort, adaptation forums were held to deliver and develop relevant science and decision support tools for practitioners based on previous and ongoing SRLCC projects. In addition, the SRLCC solicited feedback from forum participants on pressing needs and questions related to the management of locally significant resources. Equipped with this information, RMRS developed spatially explicit vulnerability assessments and associated data products for select conservation targets to assist landscape planning efforts within two geographic focus areas.
See below for workshop reports, webinars recordings and final reports.
Adaptation Forums were held for each landscape to identify the issues and resources most relevant to local land managers. The first round, held in 2016, was facilitated by the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. The purpose of these forums was to identify targets of importance and the final report can be found here:
The second set, held in 2017, were facilitated by SRLCC and RMRS. These forums were preceded by a webinar series that presented preliminary results of vulnerability assessments and were designed to get feedback from participants to customize the assessment products. In addition, presentations and activities introduced the process for developing adaptation strategies based on assessment findings. See the final report here:
Prior to the second adaptation forum workshop, preliminary assessment results were presented in a series of webinars. Links to the webinar recordings are available below:
Final reports and spatial data for the assessments can be found here:
Or PDFs of the final reports can also be found here:
Interactive PDFs are also available for each assessment with the exception of elk and mule deer.