Empowering Land Managers to Increase Resilience of New York’s Natural Resources in the Face of Regional Climate Change

Project Name

Empowering Land Managers to Increase Resilience of New York’s Natural Resources in the Face of Regional Climate Change

Department(s) or unit(s)

Dept. of Natural Resources

Contact information

Shorna Allred
Associate Professor, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
srb237@cornell.edu
607-255-2149

Rebecca Schneider
Associate Professor, Dept. of Natural Resources
rls11@cornell.edu

Program Description

New Yorkers are already observing effects of global climate change in their surroundings, including documented increases in precipitation, warmer springs and earlier river thaws, and changes in plant phenology. Land managers, from private landowners to professional agency staff, need sound guidance on how to respond to predicted changes so that natural resources will be resilient, and New York’s communities will be more sustainable.

Our overall goal is to work collaboratively with New York land managers, including CCE educators, to develop an extension program focused on natural resource management that addresses regional climate changes anticipated over the next several decades.

The specific project objectives were to: (1) to conduct a survey of land managers to engage them and assess their needs, (2) to conduct issue-based workshops that team scientists and stakeholders to develop recommendations, and (3) to develop, pilot, and evaluate associated education programs.  A statewide survey of natural resource professionals was conducted in 2009.  The purpose of the survey was to assess information needs, attitudes toward current climate change related issues, adaptations, opportunities, and challenges among New York state natural resource professionals.

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Category: Adaptation, Community response, Land use, Natural resources, Research

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