As the need to address climate change grows ever more pressing, communities across the nation are rallying behind land protection as a tool for adaptation and mitigation. Now, an initiative of the Open Space Institute and the Land Trust Alliance is empowering land trusts and other nonprofits to harness the protection and management of forests and working lands to advance climate solutions.
The grants, which total nearly $400,000, offer funding and technical assistance to embed climate science into conservation plans, which in turn guide land protection and stewardship. The grants reinforce the critical role that forests and working lands must play in capturing and storing carbon, and protecting communities from climate threats such as flooding and extreme heat.
Below are three of the projects that received planning grants in 2021. More information about the program is available here.