Conservation group maps have landed a protection strategy in 3 states. The maps have identified key landscapes in three western states. The Nature Conservancy has said it has 6 million from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and it is now distributing it among land trusts. The lands are being protected.
- We’re protecting lands in the three states that are identified as being resilient,” said Ken Popper, senior conservation planner with The Nature Conservancy.
- The idea behind the project is for local land trusts to use the information to identify private lands that could be strongholds for species threatened by climate change.
- Those refugia areas will allow plants and animals to adapt to climate change as it occurs.
“Resiliency science is probably the best science related to biodiversity in terms of protecting refugia in the face of climate change that we have.”