Climate Adaptation in the Northern Forest

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From the coastal islands of Maine to the deep forests in the White Mountains, no place is safe from the impacts of climate change.

The Wilderness Society is working to prepare the Northern Forest and other wild landscapes for the impacts of climate change. We do this with projects like connecting separated wild areas together so that wildlife can move freely and escape warmer temperatures.

Climate change adaptation

By preparing and adapting lands for climate change, we can better protect wild places and communities for the changes that come with climate change.

Preparing for climate change

Getting ready for the effects of climate change will mean a lot of work on landscapes across the Northeast. Restoring streams and stream banks will help protect clean water supplies. Restoring forests can help buffer against rising temperatures and provide habitat for wildlife. Connecting wild landscapes will help wildlife escape warmer temperatures and adapt to a warming world.

Benefits to people

Animals won’t be the only ones affected by climate change. The work done to prepare wild landscapes will benefit people and communities as well. In the short term, climate adaptation can create jobs. Restoring forests and streams puts people to work and this improves local economies. And everyone will benefit from the clean water, clean air and other benefits that wild places provide.

 

See also:

Northern Forest Renewable Energy