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Adapt Land Trust Practices to Promote Climate Change Resilience

Climate change is already impacting natural and cultural resources across the United States, and these impacts are only expected to become more dramatic over the coming century. We cannot prevent climate change from impacting our protected lands. But, by adapting our management practices, land trusts can promote climate change resilience in priority species, habitats and resources.

How Can Land Trusts Help?

By planning for climate change today, land trusts help priority species, habitats and resources weather the effects of climate change tomorrow. Land trusts may consider the following actions:

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