Chagrin River Watershed Partnership

Climate Change Challenge: Direct Effects on Species grant

award: $181,152; year awarded: 2017

Climate change in this region may intensify impacts from interacting forest stressors like drought, pests, and invasive species. Vulnerability assessments indicate that reduced species diversity may decrease resilience to future climate conditions, and ecosystems in areas of high landscape complexity have more opportunities for persistence. In response, Chagrin River Watershed Partners will increase the health and resilience of forests buffering coldwater and other high-quality streams in the Lake Erie Allegheny eco-region. On-the-ground forest management will be conducted by project partners to achieve ecologically functioning, resilient forests on at least 500 acres of high quality but vulnerable land in the Scenic Chagrin River and lower Wild and Scenic Grand River watersheds.