2022 STEP Webinar: Climate Considerations for Management of Natural Features
Abstract: This webinar will showcase some of CVC’s recent work evaluating long-term climate trends in the watershed and discuss how these trends are impacting the natural heritage system.
CVC’s long term monitoring program has evaluated 75 years of climate data, and has been monitoring forests, wetlands, and streams since 1999. We will speak to some signals of climate change that we are detecting in forest, wetland, and stream ecosystems through our Integrated Watershed Monitoring Program (IWMP) and other data sources.
Locally, we have observed warming stream and air temperatures, the arrival of new species to the watershed and the impacts of pests and pathogens on ecosystem features and functions. Given that we are already seeing the impacts of climate change, we will touch on tools and strategies to manage natural assets, in particular the natural heritage system, in the face of this change.
We will discuss what CVC is doing to address some of these impacts, and how we can work with our municipal partners on strategies and tools to support their strategies.