Mass ECAN December News


Mass ECAN December News

It has been an exciting year of adaptation progress! See below for:

In case you missed it, check out the:

Feel free to pass this message along to colleagues and encourage them to join us. At any point, you can reach out to with ideas about what our Network should tackle in 2019. Happy holidays!


Melissa Ocana
Climate Adaptation Coordinator, UMass Amherst

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!
Kristen Ferry
Habitat Restoration Program Manager, MA DER

Bio: For the past 18 years, Kristen has worked in the fields of ecological restoration and marine fisheries biology at the state and federal agency levels. She presently serves as the Habitat Restoration Program Manager for the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration (DER), Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game, where she provides oversight for the Division’s river, stream, and wetland restoration activities. Most of Kristen’s non-work time is devoted to attending sporting events for her high school age son, but she thoroughly enjoys spending time outdoors and is an avid Irish dancer.

Climate change adaptation project she's currently excited about: The Habitat Restoration Program that Kristen manages includes the practice areas of dam removal and tidal wetland restoration, as well as the Cranberry Bog Restoration Program and the Stream Continuity Program (upgrading road-stream crossings).  Each of these components contributes to climate change adaptation for aquatic ecosystems through restoration of natural flow and function and for communities through the removal or replacement of outdated and degraded aquatic infrastructure. You can contact Kristen at to learn more about DER’s ecological restoration activities.
In case you missed these:

Missed the 2018 Conference? Check out the Proceedings online!
Speaker presentations are on our
conference website along with the Detailed agenda, Speaker Bios, and Reflections on the day.

Communications Expert Work Group Products

As shared at the Conference, members of the Climate Communications Work Group partnered with the Land Trust Alliance and the Open Space Institute to create a set of climate communication recommendations based on social-science research, a searchable list of example climate communication products developed by Northeastern land trusts, and a gallery of real communication products developed by practitioners that embody best practices, with accompanying interpretive text explaining why. Learn more here.


Blog post - ASAP, 5 ways to use the National Climate Assessment in your job today.

News - COP24 wraps up

Course Opportunity - Online Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices Course: New England and New York. The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub are offering the Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices training as an online course for forest and natural resource managers. January 21-March 11, 2019.

Course Opportunity - Antioch University of New England is offering Climate Change: The Science, Uncertainty, and Risk course from January 6 - February 2, 2019. Consists of foundational knowledge in the science of our changing climate, understanding the boundaries of “uncertainty” in future projections posited by the scientific community, how to translate the “risk” faced by a community, business, or sector, and finally, the different concepts of climate resilience and how they manifest as solutions. Register here by Jan. 1

Webinar- Antioch University New England's Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience's next webinar is on Built- Environment - Resilient Water Features. January 24th from 12:00 - 1:15. Register here.

Funding and support opportunity - The Leadership in Community Resilience program supports city-led projects by focusing on implementation, peer-learning and information sharing. The National League of Cities is accepting statements of interest from cities to participate in the 2019 program. A total of 17 cities participated in the program in 2017 and 2018. Learn more on the Sustainable Cities Institute page. Apply Here. Due January 4.

Job - Program Associate - Climate Change Initiative, UMass Lowell.

Job - Communications Manager - Climate and Energy, Ceres, Boston.

Job - Environmental Analyst III, Mass DEP. Assist with the implementation of climate mitigation programs.

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