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First Sierra Toolkit Released to Plan for Climate Change
Toolkit Will help Sierra Communities Adapt to Future Climate Scenarios
By: Sierra Nevada Alliance
Published: November 29, 2005 at 10:16

A Sierra based conservation group began providing members with a "toolkit" to help them prepare for massive climate change in the Sierra Nevada and West. The Sierra Nevada Alliance is warning that the Sierra Nevada is already in the process of losing up to 40% of it's snowpack and management of natural resources needs to be accounting for these changes.

Planning for Climate Change

The Sierra Nevada Alliance Climate Change Toolkit, encourages emission reductions and focuses on specific adaptation ideas for hundreds of planners working in areas such as hydropower relicensing, watershed protection, flood management, fishery management and land use planning. The Toolkit recommends that individuals and communities consider the following principles when planning for climate change:

1. Educate yourself and others regarding global, national and regional impacts of climate change.

2. Model and forecast a range of potential impacts from climate change in your area.

3. Allow for change by adopting adaptive management plans.

4. Monitor and track changes in weather, hydrology and ecosystems in your area.

5. Prioritize projects that will succeed under multiple scenarios for the future.

"We need to be planning NOW how to adapt to less snow, more fire, and many other changes,' said Joan Clayburgh, Sierra Nevada Alliance Executive Director . "If we plan now, we can protect our environment and economy."

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