Ecosystems and Wildlife:
Climate Change Adaptation Plan
An Amendment to the NH Wildlife Action Plan
Increased temperatures, increased intensity of storms, changing snowpack and our response to climate change all will affect where and how wildlife live and interact. We can help wildlife adapt to climate change, and many of these actions will help us adapt.
The Ecosystems and Wildlife Climate Change Adaptation Plan outlines the vulnerabilities of wildlife and habitats to the changes being wrought by climate change and recommends action to address these.
For example, we have seen increased flooding due to more intense storms. Protecting intact, vegetated floodplains that naturally slow and store flood waters will protect our communities. These floodplains also provide great habitat, and since many species move along stream corridors, protecting floodplains will also allow animals to move in response to climate change.
Many actions that help wildlife adapt to climate change will be beneficial regardless of how much the climate changes.
Moose are already being affected by increased temperatures.
We need your help in implementing this plan!
The plan includes assessments for each habitat in the state. These can be used to help communities create adaptation plans, help land trusts prioritize protection efforts, and help policy makers understand the effects of human response to climate change.