Adaptation Planning for Grasslands & Forests in the Black Hills and Plains

Event Details:

LocationRushmore Plaza Holiday Inn, Rapid City, SD

Dates – April 20 & 21, 2011

Attendees –  land managers & scientists from federal, state, tribal & private lands.

Workshop Goal:

To build capacity and improve coordination of climate change management and adaptation efforts among land management agencies in southwestern South Dakota and eastern Wyoming.

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Workshop Objectives:

  1. Increase awareness of the extent of observed and projected climate change impacts in southwestern South Dakota and eastern Wyoming;
  2. Provide the opportunity for practitioners and managers to network and see examples of multi-agency climate change adaptation planning efforts;
  3. Increase and reinforce trust and willingness to work across jurisdictional boundaries;
  4. Begin to develop a shared vision and set of common action items for managing shared resources that will help build resilience to climate change.

Workshop Process:

Day 1

  • Introductory science presentations focused on climate change impacts on forests & grasslands in the Northern Great Plains area.
  • Presentations illustrating tools used & other cross-agency collaboratives on climate change planning (specifically - the Olympic Peninsula and Northern Colorado
  • Manager perspectives – through a panel format with facilitated Q & A session, we’d like to have manager’s share their perspectives on planning for climate change & tools their agency is currently using.

Day 2

  • Break-out discussion time, focused on six themes: water, wildlife, vegetation, geology, cultural resources & people.
  • Small groups share current actions taking place, brainstorm opportunities to collaborate
  • Leadership perspective – high ranking supervisors share their insights on what the future of the area might look like 5, 10, 15, 20 years from now.
  • Presentations on tools to help facilitate adaptation planning and priority-setting
  • More break-out / small group discussion time – with a focus on articulating next steps: “Where do we go from here”