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Main Title Assessment of Decision-Making Processes: Evaluation of Where Land Protection Planning Can Incorporate Climate Change Information.
CORP Author Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC.; Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. National Center for Environmental Assessment.
Year Published 2011
Report Number EPA/600/R-09/142F
Stock Number PB2012-102047
Additional Subjects Land planning ; Natural resources protection ; Climate change ; Decision making ; Environmental protection ; Assessments ; Program evaluation ; Environmental impact ; Watersheds ; Wildlife
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB2012-102047 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 283p
Land protection decisions are long-term, hard to reverse, and resource intensive. Therefore these decisions are important to consider in the context of climate change, because climate change may directly affect the services intended for protection and because parcel selection can exacerbate or ameliorate certain impacts. This research examined the decision-making processes of selected programs that protect land to assess the feasibility of incorporating climate change information into the evaluation of land protection programs. The research focused on a sample of programs that seek to protect wildlife and watersheds from the LandVote database, which documents land protection ballot initiatives. Of this sample, we reviewed the decision-making frameworks of 19 programs. Most programs use quantitative evaluation criteria and a bottom-up process for selecting parcels. Almost all programs have one or more advisory committees. The analysis revealed that strategies that might be useful for incorporating climate change into decision making include new decision-support tools for advisory committees, promulgation of different land protection models, and educational outreach for elected officials. As jurisdictions learn more about possible climate change impacts, certain land protection strategies may become more desirable and feasible as part of a portfolio of adaptation strategies that ameliorate impacts on watersheds and wildlife.