Three new landscapes join the Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative to conserve and restore their vital habitats

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), along with its Federal partners from the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), are adding three new landscapes to the Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative: The California Headwaters, California’s North-Central Coast and Russian River Watershed, and Crown of the Continent. Through this initiative, NOAA and partners will conserve and restore important lands and waters that increase the resilience of valuable natural resources and the people, businesses and communities that depend on them in a changing climate. This Initiative directly addresses Goal 1 of the National Fish Wildlife and Plant Climate Adaptation Strategy to conserve habitat that supports healthy fish, wildlife, and plant populations and ecosystem functions in a changing climate. Building on existing collaborations, these Resilient Lands and Waters partnerships –including landscapes in southwest Florida, Hawaii, Washington and the Great Lakes region – will help build resilience in regions vulnerable to climate change and related challenges. They will also showcase the benefits of landscape-scale management approaches and help enhance the carbon storage capacity of these natural areas. The Resilient Lands and Waters initiative is a key part of the Administration’s Climate and Natural Resources Priority Agenda, a first of its kind, comprehensive commitment across the Federal Government to support resilience of America’s vital natural resources.