Mass ECAN News August and Save the Date

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Mass ECAN News

See below for updates specifically relevant to Mass ECAN members, including:

Feel free to pass this message along to colleagues and encourage them to join us. At any point, you can reach out to massecan@umass.edu with ideas about what our Network should tackle next.
 

Best,

Melissa Ocana
Climate Adaptation Coordinator, UMass Amherst

Mass ECAN Conference 2018

Save the Date!
Tuesday, October 30th
Framingham State University

 
Building off of last year's successful event, our second annual Mass ECAN conference will be all day on Oct. 30th.
Registration and more details coming soon!
If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact mocana@umass.edu.
Mass ECAN Member Spotlight
Every month, we'll highlight someone in our community of practice so you can learn about the variety of adaptation work going on and "meet" a new colleague!
Julia Knisel
Coastal Shoreline and Floodplain Manager
MA Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM)
 
Bio:  Julia is committed to not only expanding knowledge in the fields of coastal geology and shoreline management, but also planning and coordinating adaptation efforts to reduce vulnerabilities along the diverse shoreline of Massachusetts. She oversees CZM’s StormSmart Coasts Program, which helps communities prepare for and address flooding and erosion along developed shorelines. Julia co-chairs the Northeast Regional Ocean Council’s (NROC) Coastal Hazards Resilience Committee that coordinates resilience efforts across New England. Previously, she served as a marine scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole and worked with Maine and North Carolina coastal programs as a marine policy grad student and NOAA Coastal Management Fellow.


Climate change adaptation project she's currently excited about:  a northeast regional effort to advance nature-based approaches to reduce impacts of coastal storms and sea level rise. A recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration award is supporting work of The Nature Conservancy, state coastal zone management programs in New England, and NROC to develop information on suitability of natural infrastructure (living shorelines) to provide coastal storm damage protection. Over the next three years, Julia and her team will monitor dune restoration, fringing marsh enhancement, and coastal bank stabilization projects implemented through CZM’s Coastal Resilience Grant Program.

Announcements

Funding Opportunity -  MEMA and DCR recently announced availability of three FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Programs, including the 2018 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant program, the 2018 Flood Mitigation Assistance program, and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Learn more about the grant programs here. An official Notice of Funding Opportunity will be issued later in August on the MEMA Website and on COMMBUYS. Informational webinar on Sept. 10 at 10am. Please RSVP to mitigation@mass.gov.

New group Massachusetts Association for Floodplain Management  - A new floodplain management group has been forming over the past year and is now ready to go public! Check out their first newsletter here, and stay tuned for more information about their kick-off/training event planned for early November.

Conference  - Don't forget that the National Adaptation Forum call for proposals is open for Symposia, Training Sessions, Working Groups, Oral Presentations, Posters, and the Tools Cafe until Sept. 4. I'm Program Co-Chair this year and would love to see many Mass submissions! Hope to see you in Madison, WI, April 23-25, 2019!

Conference  - Northeastern Transportation & Wildlife Conference is being held at UMass Amherst September 9-12. Co-hosted by the MA Department of Transportation and the MA Department of Fish & Game. This year's theme is "Partnering for Resilient Infrastructure and Ecosystems." Come learn about what your Mass ECAN peers are working on!

News - Governor Signs the Environmental Bond Bill -  The bill makes into law a requirement for Massachusetts to adopt a statewide plan to address the impacts of climate change, and also codifies the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program, a grant and technical assistance program for cities and towns to develop their own plans. Read more here.

EventLaw and Governance Meets Climate Adaptation is being hosted at the UMass Club in Boston on September 28 from 7:15-11:45 am. This latest Forum will focus on the development of new rules, regulations, and governance needed to respond to our changing climate.

Job Opportunity - Senior Manager, Climate Risk Engagement with Ceres in Boston

 

Catch up on previous newsletters by visiting our
Past News archive!

Why am I getting this email?
Welcome to Mass ECAN!

You are receiving this email because you joined Mass ECAN.
Welcome to a new community of practice for climate adaptation practitioners and researchers who are interested in ecosystem resilience and natural resources conservation in Massachusetts. Since launching in October, we've grown to 180 members.

Mass ECAN is creating a space for us to learn from and with each other. Together, we can build capacity for climate adaptation that promotes ecosystem resilience and weaves natural resources conservation into actions across sectors.

Happenings Around the Country

 
If you're interested in what's going on in the rest of the country, it's regional adaptation fora season! The Northeast Local Solutions conference already happened, but our peers in other regions are at:

 

Mass ECAN News- July

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Mass ECAN News

Happy summer! See below for updates specifically relevant to Mass ECAN members, including:

Feel free to pass this message along to colleagues and encourage them to join us. At any point, you can reach out to massecan@umass.edu with ideas about what our Network should tackle next.
 

Best,

Melissa Ocana
Climate Adaptation Coordinator, UMass Amherst

Update from the Coldwater Streams
Expert Work Group

This group is working toward a couple useful outputs: a map of coldwater refugia and a strategic conservation strategy including identifying high priority locations and potential management actions.

In addition to virtual meetings, the Work Group met in person at the April Northeast Association of Fisheries & Wildlife Conference. Through these connections, they have assembled key players to participate and written a research prospectus.
The priority next steps are:

  • additional modeling development,
  • pilot projects to collect data, and
  • seeking collaborative funding to accomplish that work.
To learn more, ask Work Group lead Becca Quinones at Mass Wildlife, or Melissa.

Over the next couple months, we'll share updates from the other expert work groups!

Mass ECAN Member Spotlight
Every month, we'll highlight someone in our community of practice so you can learn about the variety of adaptation work going on and "meet" a new colleague!
Darci Schofield
Senior Environmental Planner,
Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)

 
Bio: Darci Schofield has been working in the field of urban park planning and the development of climate resilience and green infrastructure since 2014 across Southern New England and most recently in Metropolitan Boston. At MAPC, she provides technical expertise and design recommendations for park planning with green infrastructure and nature-based solutions to mitigate urban heat island, inland flooding and stormwater, and shoreline protection in a manner that balances park amenities per community needs. She also works to advance Net Zero municipal commitments by incorporating and quantifying nature-based solutions into GHG reduction and through carbon trading in urban forests.
Her work involves close collaboration with local residents, landscape architects, and engineers. Previously, Darci served as the Urban Program Director for the Trust for Public Land.


Climate change adaptation project she's currently excited about: Darci completed "Designing Parks and Playgrounds for Green Infrastructure for Climate Resilience" for the City of Chelsea. She is advancing “Climate-Smart Parks” - open space and recreation planning prioritized with climate resilience and climate equity - across Metropolitan Boston.

Announcements

Legislation Passed -  The environmental bond bill has passed! The bill makes into law a requirement for Massachusetts to adopt a statewide plan to address the impacts of climate change, and also codifies the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program, a grant and technical assistance program for cities and towns to develop their own plans. Read more here.

Opportunity to Provide Input - The Regional Invasive Species Climate Change (RISCC) Management group and UMass Amherst are conducting a study to identify research priorities of managers related to invasive species and climate change. Help by responding to their survey here.

Conference Reminder - The National Adaptation Forum call for proposals is now open for Symposia, Training Sessions, Working Groups, Oral Presentations, Posters, and the Tools Cafe. I'm Program Co-Chair this year and would love to see many Mass submissions! Hope to see in Madison, WI, April 23-25, 2019!

Job Opportunity - Climate Change Specialist with ICF

 

Catch up on previous newsletters by visiting our
Past News archive!

Why am I getting this email?
Welcome to Mass ECAN!

You are receiving this email because you joined Mass ECAN.
Welcome to a new community of practice for climate adaptation practitioners and researchers who are interested in ecosystem resilience and natural resources conservation in Massachusetts. Since launching in October, we've grown to 180 members.

Mass ECAN is creating a space for us to learn from and with each other. Together, we can build capacity for climate adaptation that promotes ecosystem resilience and weaves natural resources conservation into actions across sectors.