Approaches, Challenges, and Opportunities for Achieving Climate-Smart Adaptation

  • S. Thomas Olliff
  • William B. Monahan
  • Virginia Kelly
  • David M. Theobald


Only five years ago, Halofsky et al. (2011) wrote: “For climate change adaptation, there is no recipe, no road map, and yet no time to lose; science and management partners must tackle the climate change issue in a timely way, despite uncertainty.” Later that same year, the National Wildlife Federation, in partnership with authors from federal, state, university, and other nongovernmental organizations, published one piece of a road map: Scanning the Conservation Horizon: A Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (Glick, Stein, and Edelson 2011). The four steps described in Scanning, introduced in chapter 2, are an excellent introduction to developing and using climate change vulnerability assessments in planning and management of public lands.


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The authors would like to thank the staff and collaborators of the Great Northern LCC (Yvette Converse, Sean Finn, Matt Heller, Mary McFadzen, Anne Carlson, John Pierce, Molly Cross, and Regan Nelson); leaders of the NRAP (Linh Huang and Dave Peterson); staff from the National Park Service (NPS) Climate Change Response Program (Leigh Welling, Cat Hawkins-Hoffman, Nick Fisichelli, Gregor Schuurman, and Patrick Gonzales) and the NPS Greater Yellowstone Inventory and Monitoring Program (Kristin Legg and David Thoma); the GYCC Climate Change Subcommittee (Scott Barndt, Karri Cari) and NPS Intermountain Region climate change coordinator Pam Benjamin; and members of the Crown Managers Partnership (Erin Sexton, Ian Dyson, and Mary Riddle) for contributing their ideas and experience to this chapter. Dr. Glenn Plumb, NPS, reviewed the chapter and provided helpful comments.


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  • S. Thomas Olliff
  • William B. Monahan
  • Virginia Kelly
  • David M. Theobald

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