Mass ECAN February News


Mass ECAN February News

Our monthly newsletter provides curated information relevant to our community of practice. See below for:

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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!
Marissa Weiss
Program Manager, Harvard Forest

Bio: Marissa is a science communicator and ecologist working at the interface of science, media, and policy. She develops media and policy strategies, conducts outreach trainings, and connects scientists with journalists and policymakers to improve the connections among environmental research, policy, and management, as a program manager at Harvard Forest. Her go-to spots for walking and cross country skiing are the Harvard Forest and the Norwottuck Rail Trail.
Climate change adaptation project she's currently excited about: developing a land use conservation tool called the New England Landscape Futures (NELF) Explorer. This tool uses a scenarios-based approach to visualize future land use and ecosystem services, to help with planning and conservation decision-making. These scenarios were developed by New Englanders concerned about the future of the land and reflect the expectation that temperatures will continue to rise and the frequency of extreme weather events will increase as a result of climate change. The purpose of the NELF Explorer is to help users navigate a resilient path in the context of changes in climate, development pressure, reliance on natural resources, and natural resource protection. See the demo version
here and contact Marissa for more information or periodic updates on this project.


Funding Opportunity - The Wildlife Conservation Society is awarding grants through the Climate Adaptation Fund to implement science-driven, on-the-ground actions that assist wildlife and ecosystems to adapt to climate change at a landscape scale. Pre-proposals are being accepted until Apr. 5 here.

Funding opportunity - Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) FY19 Planning Grant RFR has been released. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until May 3rd or until all funds have been awarded. Anticipated funding amounts of $15,000 - $100,000 per municipality award.

NewsGovernor Charlie Baker Testifies Before House Committee on Natural Resources. Baker testified in front of the Congressional Natural Resources Committee on Capitol Hill to discuss Massachusetts' approach to dealing with climate change.

Webinar - Increasing your Access to Climate Adaptation Information by ASAP & the Georgetown Climate Center, Mar. 5, 12 pm. Learn about a critical effort to make climate adaptation information more accessible through a new  interactive digital resource for ASAP members and efforts for the broader community through the Resilience Ecosystem Interoperability Project with CAKE and the Climate Resilience Toolkit. Register here.

Webinar - Restoring Connecticut River Flow in a Changing Climate, with Kim Lutz of The Nature Conservancy. Mar. 27, 12 pm, join here.

Resource - Infographic on the "Slow the Flow" approach to watershed management created by the NE Climate Adaptation Science Center.

Workshop - The next Climate Adaptation Forum includes two sessions on Friday, Mar. 1. The 'R' Word: Retreat, Relocation and Climate Resilience in the morning and Legal and Policy Tools for States and Local Communities in the afternoon.

Job - Community Resilience Intern, Conservation Law Foundation.


Spring Conferences

Visit with and learn from fellow Mass ECAN members at these upcoming conferences!

Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference on Mar. 23. Features a Keynote Address from Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator. Register here for sessions on:

  • Climate Resilience for Your Community, Woods, and Wildlife
  • Local Action for Coastal Climate Resilience
  • Mapping Tools for a More Resilient Future
  • Collaborating on Municipal Climate Adaptation Planning & Implementation
  • Responding to Climate Change Roundtable

Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions Annual Environmental Conference on Mar. 2. Register here. Check out climate adaptation sessions with Mass ECAN members on:

  • Climate Resilience and MVP: Planning, Funding, Implementation
  • Resilient Land Use and Zoning Policies
  • New Massachusetts State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan
  • Climate Adaptation to Protect Species & Ecosystems

Massachusetts Citizen Planner Training Collaborative Annual Conference, Mar. 16. Register here for the workshop titled "Risks, Liabilities, and Opportunities: Resources for Municipal Climate Resilience."

Watershed Action Alliance Conference: The Future of Water in New England, Mar. 29. Featuring a session on "The Future of Water in New England"

National Adaptation Forum, Apr. 23-25 in Madison, WI. The full Program was just released! As Program Committee Co-Chair, I know there will be great adaptation content across sectors, with a strong Mass showing. We had tremendous interest this year indicating how much our field is growing across the country. Early bird registration ends March 1st. Hope to see you there!

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