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Minnesota landscapes are under a wide range of stressors, including extreme precipitation, that can influence their resiliency and ability to maintain biological diversity. BWSR is focused on this topic to help maintain public investments in projects and overall landscape health and has developed several reports and resources that focus on this topic.

The Climate Change Trends and Action Report (pdf)(2019 DRAFT) explores actions BWSR is taking to integrate climate change considerations in programs and practices for conservation on private lands that make up approximately 75% of Minnesota’s land area, through wetland protection, conservation easements (retirement of marginal agricultural lands), and providing soil and water conservation grants.

Building Resiliency to Extreme Precipitation in Minnesota (pdf)(2018): This white paper was developed by a workgroup consisting of members of the Minnesota Interagency Climate Adaptation Team (ICAT). The goal of this white paper is to increase resilience to extreme precipitation that can impact Minnesota’s human and ecological health, infrastructure, property, and economy. The content of the white paper is intended to inform and guide those planning implementation actions to address these challenges, including government agencies, NGOs, land and water managers, emergency managers, and others making decisions about land use and the built environment.

The BWSR Landscape Resiliency Toolbox has been developed to address a wide range of landscape stressors, including climate change, to maintain long-term ecological, economic and social benefits. The toolbox includes links to eight topics: Funding and Partnerships, Working with BWSR Programs, Water Planning, Urban Planning, Conservation Lands and Natural Areas, Agricultural Landscapes, Invasive Species and Long-term Management, and Community Outreach and Engagement. Each category includes information about planning methods and key strategies. The toolbox also includes case studies and links to other resources. 




Dan Shaw
Senior Ecologist/Vegetation Specialist
Suzanne Rhees
Conservation Projects Coordinator