Magazine article American Forests

Climate Resiliency Agenda

Magazine article American Forests

Climate Resiliency Agenda

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IN OCTOBER 2014, the administration released the "Priority Agenda for Enhancing the Climate Resilience of America's Natural Resources." Drafted by the Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, with input from stakeholders including American Forests, it laysout the administration's plans and actions for ensuring our important natural resources, such as forests, can thrive in a changing climate.

The agenda was drafted in response to Executive Order 13653, which required an inventory and assessment of proposed and completed changes to federal land and water-related policies, programs and regulations. These changes are necessary to make the nation's watersheds, natural resources and ecosystems--and the communities and economies that depend on them--more resilient in the face of a changing climate.

The agenda highlights a number of actions agencies can undertake within the parameters of the existing federal budget, including the use of a federal tax deduction for conservation easements, which serve as a critical tool for retaining important privately owned carbon sinks, especially grasslands, forests and forested wetlands. …

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