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GLOSSARY WATERSHED An area of land that separates waters owing to different rivers or basins. ADAPTATION The adjustments that society or ecosystems make to limit negative effects of climate change. It can also include taking advantage of opportunities that a changing climate provides. ECOSYSTEM SERVICES Any positive benet that wildlife or ecosystems provide to people. The benets can be direct or indirect large or small. CARBON SEQUESTRATION The removal and storage of carbon from the atmosphere in carbon sinks such as oceans forests or soils through physical or biological processes such as photosynthesis. RISK MANAGEMENT The process of evaluating and responding to exposure and vulnerability to climate change. MANOMETS CLIMATE SMART LAND NETWORK As you can see there is a lot to consider on top of the consuming day-to-day running of a commercial forestry business. To take the edge off this heady science Manomets expert staff advise forestland owners on climate-resilient management practices and strategies. Strategies include planting different species creating infrastructure that can withstand a variety of weather conditions and a strategy that is already consistently implemented using buffers along streams and wetlands to slow down storm water and prevent sediment from entering bodies of water. Manomet is proud of its long and deep history in forestry and as Manomet has evolved it is focusing more intently on engaging people through the business sector on climate change and the broader issues of sustainability. After several years of climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning work Manomet launched the Network. Over the last three years Manomet staff have engaged directly with this large and important sector. Specifically staff are walking timberland with landown- ers land managers and stakeholders to both understand how climate change is impacting their operations and to identify appropriate management responses. The Network is a mechanism to leverage that experience and rapidly scale up participation in climate smart forest managementresulting in new climate lead- ers from within the sector and taking the engagement of the sector to a level of historic proportions. Owners and managers are typically introduced to the Network with an in- person meeting and often a simultaneous field visit with a selection of their staff and Manomets Climate Services team. Manomet provides a presentation cover- ing an overview of fundamental principles in climate science and projected chang- es. Participants are encouraged to ask detailed questionspromoting an open dialogue about what we know and dont know about the complexity of climate. Between August and November of 2014 Manomets Senior Program Leader of Climate ServicesEric WalbergApplied Forest ScientistJennifer Hushaw and Manomets consulting forester Si Balch conducted field site visits with Network members and commercial forest landowners based in Alabama Connecticut Maine Massachusetts New Hampshire New York and New Brunswick Canada. Walberg observedField visits result in insights that never occur indoors or over the phone. Such visits are a unique aspect of Manomets Network. During the site visits several themes rose to the forefront risk management evaluating uncertainty intersection of different stressors habitat shift projections resilience capitalizing on opportunities and the need for regionally-specific solu- tions. Broadly these topics are related to decision-making climate impacts and adaptation and they touch on some of the most challenging aspects of climate- smart land management. When it comes to incorporating climate change into forest management deci- sions risk assessment and evaluation of uncertainty are key. Site visit discussions highlighted that different individuals and organizations have different levels of risk tolerance with investor-owned organizations being particularly well-versed in the application of risk-management concepts. Members are grappling with the challenge of weighing the risks and rewards of various adaptation measures while remembering that inaction itself can also have risks. Understanding the major sources of uncertainty in climate projections will help with this decision-making process. And thats what Manomet is providing to landownersunderstanding. After the initial meeting members complete a checklist that gauges their level of climate knowledge their existing forest management and greenhouse gas mitigation efforts and any climate-related changes positive or negative they have observed on their land holdings. This checklist is revisited every two years provid- ing a helpful baseline and set of metrics for detecting change over time. Conservation means the wise use of the Earth and its resources for lasting good of men. GIFFORD PINCHOT 11