For Rhode Island, the effects of climate change include sea-level rise and increases in air and water temperature, precipitation, and storminess.

As the steward of more than 3,000 acres of open space, SKLT prioritizes its role and response to climate change. Since we already see effects of changing climate on our lands and in daily life, it is important to explore how to safeguard the land in our care and improve resiliency.

SKLT continues to identify the key habitat types to protect and to characterize the vulnerability of those habitats to climate change.

Management projects in the past have included planting shade cover along cold-water streams to try to protect species that need cool waters, and focused on understanding the disruptive effects of invasive plants in our forests.